SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WHDH) -- Hundreds of people gathered at a wake in Springfield Monday evening to remember the life of 24-year-old Amy Lord, who was kidnapped from her South Boston home and stabbed.
“There’s no words. There’s nothing,” said one woman.
A thousand friends came to a Springfield funeral home to say goodbye to the 24-year-old South Boston woman.
“It’s tragic. You just have to be so vigilant. Teach your children, boys, girls, to be careful. There are a lot of bad, crazy people out there,” said Ruth Moorehouse, who is a friend of the Lord family.
Lord's body was found at the Stony Brook Reservation in Hyde Park on July 23. Police say Lord was forced to withdraw money from five different ATMs in the Boston area before being stabbed to death. She was a graduate of Bentley University and had been working in Boston. She grew up in Wilbraham where her family is well known.
“We were neighbors with Dennis and Cindy in the Orchard when Amy was born and they were there for five or six years. They’re a great family -- all I can say is I feel for their pain and hopefully someday the healing will begin,” said Denis McCarthy, a Lord family friend.
Lord was one of three daughters, the captain of her high school cheer leading team and, in the words of her colleagues, a favorite friend, a young woman who left so many with cherished memories.
“I used to be her baseball coach with her father and my daughter…just every parent’s worst nightmare,” said Tony Fimognari, Lord’s former baseball coach.
The director of the funeral home said 600 people attended Lord’s wake within the first hour.
A funeral procession will be held Tuesday morning from the funeral home to the church where the funeral is being held. Much of the route has already been lined with white ribbons in Lord’s honor.
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