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Mourners Remember Stratford Army Medic Killed In Wrong-Way Crash

Fernando Moreno-Rivas, right, who was killed in a wrong-way crash on Route 8, presents gifts to an Afghanistan boy in 2012. Funeral services for the former Stratford resident and Army medic were held in Fairfield Tuesday.
Fernando Moreno-Rivas, right, who was killed in a wrong-way crash on Route 8, presents gifts to an Afghanistan boy in 2012. Funeral services for the former Stratford resident and Army medic were held in Fairfield Tuesday. Photo Credit: Notre Dame High School

FAIRFIELD, CONN. -- Hundreds of mourners packed the Holy Family Roman Catholic Church in Fairfield Tuesday to remember a former Stratford resident killed in a car crash last week , according to a report by The Connecticut Post.

Fernando Moreno-Rivas, a 30-year-old former Army medic who served in Afghanistan, died when his SUV was hit by a minivan going the wrong way on Route 8 in Shelton, the Connecticut Post reported.

Moreno-Rivas, who lived in Evans Mills, N.Y., was born in Quito, Equador but grew up in Connecticut.

He was remembered Tuesday for his heroism, generosity, sense of humor, and athletic abilities, the Connecticut Post story said.

Moreno-Rivas was a 2004 graduate of Notre Dame Catholic High School in Fairfield.

According to his obituary, he was buried in Mount Grove Cemetery in Bridgeport with military honors.

Shelton resident Kelly M. Wootten, the driver of the minivan, was also killed in the collision.

Funeral services for the 29-year-old mother of five were private, the Connecticut Post story said.

To read the Connecticut Post story, click here.

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