On Wednesday, the community will remember 19-year-old Andrea Giattino, a 2010 graduate of Ward Melville High School who was killed in a head-on car crash Saturday night in Ronkonkoma, as a unique, artistic, and caring person.
"She was such a sweet, loving, and dedicated member of the ensembles, and a really good person," said Ward Melville music teacher Linda Contino, who taught Giattino for three years in the school's choir ensembles.
Since Saturday, a Facebook page established in Giattino's memory has been flooded with dozens of posts sharing thoughtful sentiments and song lyrics, emotional goodbyes and well wishes for the young woman's family from peers and other members of the community.
Giattino's wake is set for Wednesday at from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., with a funeral Mass on Thursday at 10 a.m. at Saints Philip and James Church in St. James and burial at Cedar Hill Cemetery.
The Giattino family, who lives in Stony Brook, could not be reached for comment.
Brian Mullady, 33, of Ronkonkoma also died in the crash on Saturday. According to , Mullady's pickup truck crossed over into the northbound lane at 11:46 p.m. and hit the vehicle driven by Giattino's boyfriend, Justin Quaranta, head-on.
Mullady and Giattino were pronounced dead at the scene, while Quaranta was treated for injuries at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center and released.
A woman who answered the door at Mullady's Ronkonkoma home on Sunday declined to comment.