By ERICA PITZI
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4:10 PM PST, November 9, 2012
KENSINGTON, BROOKLYN (PIX11)
As the bagpipes belted out the first note of Amazing Grace, a young father and mother could not hold back their tears.
Damien and Glenda Moore of Staten Island watched as longtime coworkers carried the single casket into a Brooklyn church.
Inside the casket, are the Moore's only children - Connor, 4, and Brendan, 2, lying side-by-side.
Police say the boys' mother was trying to evacuate to Brooklyn the night of the hurricane. She was driving with her children in her SUV on Father Capodanno Boulevard, when the street flooded and the car stalled. Moore told police she grabbed her kids and got out of the car to try and get help. She said the storm surge ripped her children from her grip and they disappeared into the raging flood waters.
Two days later, police found the bodies of both boys in the swampy marshland not far from where their mother last saw them.
The Moore brothers are not the only children who succumbed to the storm that night.
Ten miles south in Tottenville, on the southern shore of Staten Island, a 13 year old girl was with her parents huddled in the 2nd floor bathroom of their home.
They thought they would be safe so high up, but the sheer strength of Sandy's tidal surge collapsed their waterfront home. Police found Angela Dresch, 13, and her father George, 55, buried under the debris.
Angela was a well-liked student who volunteered at her church. George was a longtime local plumber who went on disability after a recent car crash.
"She was my baby sister, and he was my daddy, you know? Now they're up in heaven," weeped Angela's sister and George's daughter Jo Ann Moyer, 28.
Moyer's mother Pat Dresch survived the storm and told her about those final moments.
"The roof blew off, and it hit my mom. When it hit her, it knocked Angela out of her arms," recounted Moyer.
Moyer lives in Tennessee and says she lost communication with her family that night around 9:30.
"I'm panicked. I knew high tide was coming up, I was scared," she said.
The next day she realized the fear for her family was real.
"My mom was in the ER at the hospital and my father and sister were missing. I said to my husband we need to leave now," said Moyer.
She drove 17 hours straight.
When she got to Staten Island, NYPD told her they found the bodies of her sister and father.
Just like that, half of her family was gone.
As tears rolled down her cheeks, Moyer said, "Never did I think I would be in this position - picking out caskets, finding cemetery plots - I mean she's 13, she's only a child."
The Dresch family will hold a funeral mass for Angela and George at Our Lady Help of Christians in Tottenville on Monday at 10am.
If you want to help the family offset the financial costs of this tragedy, you can donate at any TD Bank, to the Dresch Family Fund.
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