NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 21: A poster for a missing autistic 14-year-old named Avonte Oquendo hangs in subway station on October 21, 2013 in New York City. Hundreds of Police, volunteers, friends and family are searching for Avonte who walked out of the Center Boulevard School in Long Island City, Queens on October 4, 2013 and has not been seen since. Family members say that the teen has a fondness for trains and have focused their search along rail yards and in subway stations. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)2013 Getty Images
The family of Avonte Oquendo announced memorial plans for the 14-year-old autistic boy who disappeared nearly four months ago and whose remains were found last week on the waterfront in College Point, Queens
A funeral mass will be said two hours later at the nearby Church of St. Joseph’s on Sixth Ave. His remains will be cremated.
Oquendo walked out of the Riverview School in Long Island City on Oct. 4. An intensive hunt for the teen followed, with focused for a while for the boy’s love of trains and subways.
Portions of a body were found along the East River last week and, on Tuesday, the New York City medical examiner’s office confirmed that the DNA matched Oquendo’s.
After the mass on Saturday, Oquendo’s family will go to the Astoria World Manor banquet hall in Queens for a memorial lunch.
Members of the public who wish to express their condolences may do so at the Greenwich Village Funeral Home website.