YESTERDAY MORNING was a mixed bag of emotions for Bernadette Lamberto.
She sat in a courtroom in the Criminal Justice Center, surrounded by friends and family, as the teen who she says accidentally killed her son faced a judge. A teen whom she forgives, and for whom she holds no malice.
"It doesn't matter if people don't understand my mourning process," she said yesterday. "This is how I'm going to get through this, and that's all that matters."
Hector Echevarria, 18, waived his right to a preliminary hearing, and now faces a formal arraignment March 5 on charges of third-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter and related offenses in the death of William Hopkins, his best friend, on Jan. 21.