Funeral services held for victim of crane collapse

TRIBECA, Manhattan (WABC) -- A funeral has been held for a man killed by a falling construction crane while he walked down a New York City street.

Wall Street worker David Wichs was praised for his good deeds during his funeral Sunday at Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun on East 85th Street in Manhattan, where Wichs and his wife Rebecca, worshiped.

"You just pointed him in the right direction, and away he went - all I could do is polish the stuff he did," said the victim's mentor, Jacob Brandler.

What Wichs did with his life was remarkable.

Relatives have said Wichs was born in Prague, moved to the United States as a teenager and graduated from Harvard University. He was a mathematics whiz who worked at a computerized-trading firm.

"My dream was that our family would be close that our future kids would play together that David and I would get to play with them - what a horrible tragedy this dream cannot be," said Wich's brother, Daniel.

City officials say it could take weeks to determine why the crane came crashing down while it was being lowered during strong winds.

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