Funeral held for Councilman Buddy Amoroso

Councilman Buddy Amoroso laid to rest
Councilman Buddy Amoroso (Source: WAFB)
Councilman Buddy Amoroso (Source: WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Buddy Amoroso's family says about 1,600 people stopped by Resthaven Funeral Home Friday to pay their respects to the late councilman.

The metro councilmember died last week on Saturday, June 30 following a bicycle crash in St. Francisville. The family pastor says although Amoroso accomplished a lot in his lifetime as a pubic servant, but what's most comforting for his family was his deep faith.

A private burial was held Friday afternoon, followed by a private funeral at his home church. The pastor tells us family members are overwhelmed by the support they've received from the community this past week.

"That love of God flowed out into the service to this community, to our church, to his family, that's what was flowing out, and that same love that was flowing out of him; he's encased in it," said Galen Sorey, pastor at Christ Presbyterian Church.

Amoroso was 61-years-old and leaves behind a wife and children.

A friend who was riding with him, Thomas Clement, 71, was also injured in the incident.

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Nicholas Alexander, 21, of Lafayette, has been arrested in connection with the case. He's facing charges of negligent homicide, negligent injuring, and limitations on passing bicycles. He was released from jail on a $17,500 bond.

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