STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The teenage girl found dead in Tottenville in the wake of Hurricane Sandy has been identified as Angela Dresch, a 13-year-old eighth-grade student.
The Yetman Avenue resident is one of three confirmed deaths on the Island attributed to the hurricane.
On Monday night, a catastrophic wave slammed into the home of Angela’s family, completely decimating it and several neighboring houses. The foundation, soaked debris, steps and some shrubbery are all that remains of her property.
Her father, George, has not been found; her mother, Patricia, is in critical condition at Staten Island University Hospital, Prince’s Bay.
Neighbors said the family was one of just a few holdouts on Yetman at the edge of the borough’s South Shore. They said the Dresch family stayed behind because their home was looted when they evacuated during Tropical Storm Irene last year.
Angela attended Totten Intermediate School, located up the block from her house. Neighbors said her mother teaches CCD classes at Our Lady of Help of Christians School, also in Tottenville.
“She was a really nice girl,” said Totten student Christian Palumbo, describing her as a sweetheart. “One of the nicest kids you could meet.”
Social media users began recognizing the girl’s death around noon today. A group to memorialize her titled “RIP Angela Dresch” was created.
“Seeing this makes me sick,” wrote Tiffani Cropley. “Baby please come home to us. You were my everything.”
Tommy Mathis, who lives on Manhattan Street, said the Dresch family was full of hardworking people.
“Good, everyday people,” said Mathis. “It’s really unfortunate.”