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Friends, Family Pay Respects To Ossining's Bastian Pasten, 20

Bastian Pasten Photo Credit: Contributed
Bastian Pasten's pallbearers carry out his casket at his funeral Tuesday. Photo Credit: Sam Barron
A collage of photos of Bastian Pasten at his funeral Tuesday. Photo Credit: Sam Barron

OSSINING, N.Y. -- Bastian Pasten was remembered at his funeral Tuesday as a kind and humble person whose smile could light up a room.

Pasten, 20, died of injuries from a motorcycle crash on Route 117 in Mount Pleasant last week .

Pasten attended Ossining and Sleepy Hollow High School and enjoyed playing football, wrestling and lacrosse. More than 250 people gathered at the Arcadian Shopping Center in Ossining to pay tribute to Pasten the day after he died.

"He knew how to turn a bad situation into a good one," friend Polito Guzman said. "He was always up for a challenge and his heart was the size of the universe. His hands were always out to help people."

At the funeral, held at Star of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Ossining, mourners wiped away tears as Pasten's motorcycle club, H.O.O.D. Ryderz, draped their banner over his casket.

Rev. Shaun Jones, who officiated the ceremony and delivered the eulogy, said the service was meant to be a celebration of Pastien's life and called for prayers for the family.

Louis Luxenberg read a letter written by his siblings that talked about what a cool kid he was.

"I watched you grow into a handsome young man," the letter said."I can never imagine life without you. I know you'll be watching over us. I hope I see you in my dreams soon. Ride in peace."

Anthony Male of H.O.O.D. Ryderz said Pasten was like a little brother to the club. Pasten loved riding his Honda motorcycle.

"He was an all-around great kid," Male said. "He was very respectful, he was always willing to lend a hand. He was a jokester."

Male said the group would always wake up laughing from a humorous text Pasten would send everyday.

Pasten was known as someone who was always fixing things, from iPods to bikes to PlayStations. He was pursuing a career in auto mechanics at the time of his death.

"I hope you are fixing a place for us in heaven," his family said.

Pasten is survived by his mother Paolo, father Ricardo, stepfather John, grandma Gladyz, sisters Nicolle, Maria, Alyssa, brother Justin, and niece Lola.

A GoFundMe page set up to assist the family has raised more than $12,000.

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