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Hundreds Pack Rye Church to Mourn Michael Ice

RYE, N.Y. – Hundreds gathered at Resurrection Church in Rye on a rainy and overcast Wednesday morning to remember and celebrate the life of 22-year-old Rye resident Michael Ice, who tragically passed away over the weekend after being struck by a subway car in New York City.

Ice, who was working as a financial analyst for Merrill Lynch, was eulogized by two of his fraternity brothers from the University of Richmond’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Ice’s best friend and college roommate Matt Emmert spoke about the Rye High School graduate’s ability and popularity.

“I’d like to think I’m up here speaking on behalf of a nation of Mike Ice fans,” Emmert said. “Mike was an extremely personable and genuine person. When we arrived at college as 18-year-olds, we experience a whirlwind of emotions and are searching for something familiar. For many of us, Ice was that something familiar.”

Ice also was eulogized by his two uncles, David Ayers and Michael Glasheen.

"Mikey touched so many people in so many ways," Ayers said. "Mikey was so passionate, but his enduring passion was not one of athleticism or adventure, but of his love for his mom, his dad, his three sisters, and brother, and his family and his friends. This along with his illuminating smile is how he will always be remembered."

Emmert ended his eulogy by quoting a serenade from Ice's favorite band Jimmy Buffet and encouraged the audience to carry "Iceisms" with them wherever they go.

"To me this is not the end," Emmert said. "Mike will always be with us."

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