Funeral held for Kristian Leka, victim of Halloween car crash in the Bronx

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Viewing held today for Kristian Leka, victim in Bronx car wreck
Lucy Yang reports live from the Bronx.

BRONX, N.Y. (WABC) -- Family and friends gathered Wednesday to say goodbye to one of the victims killed when a car crashed into a group of trick-or-treaters in the Bronx on Halloween.

A funeral was held for 24-year old Kristian Leka in Hartsdale.

He pushed his sister out of the way of a swerving car on Saturday.

She survived, but Leka, 10-year old Nyanna Aquil and her grandfather, 65-year old Louis Perez, were killed.

Police believe the driver may have had a medical condition.

Funeral services for Nyanna and Louis Perez will be Saturday.

A wake for Leka was held Tuesday at a Bronx funeral home.

Friends say Kristian, an immigrant from northern Albania, was a student of hard work and family devotion, with a heart of gold.

"The son really died as a hero. He was trying to protect his sister, he gave up his life for his sister so that should give them some comfort," said mourner Simon Qafa.

Leka's 9-year-old sister and a 21-year-old female friend also were injured, but not critically. Nyanna's younger sister, 3-year-old Yasima, suffered injuries to her neck. All were treated and released from the hospital. All of the victims live in the Bronx.

The driver was taken to Jacobi Medical Center. Police said he is cooperating with investigators and no charges have been filed.