Late-night cross-country prayers help a mother find solace, faith

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JoAnne Whalen of Bethany, Oklahoma(left) closes her eyes as she listens to music performed by Steven Nagy of Newark, an Intercessory Missionary, at the International House of Prayer Eastern Gate in Cranford, NJ on Saturday (June 21).  JoAnne Whalen of Bethany, Oklahoma, came to watch Nagy's set at the church.  Whalen's son Anthony Whalen was killed in a motorcycle crash on I-78 last year.  Nagy came upon the accident and sat with Anthony as he died.  Whalen has been watching Nagy sets via web stream for several months but this was her first time watching the set in person.  At right is Nancy Wetstein of Interlaken. Photo by Frank H. Conlon/The Star-Ledger

JoAnne Whalen of Bethany, Oklahoma(left) closes her eyes as she listens to music performed by Steven Nagy of Newark, an Intercessory Missionary, at the International House of Prayer Eastern Gate in Cranford, NJ on Saturday (June 21). JoAnne Whalen of Bethany, Oklahoma, came to watch Nagy's set at the church. Whalen's son Anthony Whalen was killed in a motorcycle crash on I-78 last year. Nagy came upon the accident and sat with Anthony as he died. Whalen has been watching Nagy sets via web stream for several months but this was her first time watching the set in person. At right is Nancy Wetstein of Interlaken. Photo by Frank H. Conlon/The Star-Ledger

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CRANFORD, N.J. (RNS) Steven Nagy is the man who ran toward Anthony Whalen as he lay dying on the side of the road and stayed with him, whispering prayers into his ear, as he took his last breath. And that image has helped Whalen's grieving mother find solace.