POINT PLEASANT, NJ — Friends gather to support the family of a Point Pleasant teenager who was killed Sunday when he was struck by an NJ Transit train in Point Pleasant Beach.
A GoFundMe campaign had raised more than $53,000 on Tuesday to help Raul’s family with funeral expenses. The campaign was launched by Riley Newitts, Emma Boyle and Melody Pearsall, all aged 14 to 16 and friends of Raul.
“He always had a smile on his face and knew how to put one on our faces even in our darkest days,” the three wrote.
Raul was “the nicest kid you’ve ever met. So lovely,” Kelly Hellwig wrote on GoFundMe, sharing her daughter Brianna’s description of her friend. “She is devastated by his loss.”
“Raul your infectious laugh and smile will live on in all of us,” wrote Patti Brennan on GoFundMe. “Point Boro and Beach will forever have another angel watching over them.”
Raul was going to be, and was, a freshman at Point Pleasant Borough High School plans to join the wrestling teamaccording to a report by NJ.com.
“The community at Point Pleasant Borough School is saddened to learn of the death of one of our high school students,” said Superintendent Adam Angelozzi. “The death of every young person is a loss that affects every one of us. Our deepest condolences and thoughts go out to his family and friends.”
He had also recently become an uncle, according to his obituary, which said he was a “beloved son, brother, nephew, cousin, friend and new uncle.”
“Loved by many, Raul was known for his charismatic, uplifting and fun personality,” his family said.
“For his young age, he was never afraid of a challenge and was excited to try something new headfirst,” his family wrote. “He inspired his family with his courage and dedication to real friendships. A true social butterfly and an adventurous soul.”
“Raul will be greatly and deeply missed, never forgotten and forever etched in the hearts of all who were blessed to know him,” the obituary reads.
The visit will be at the Pable Evertz Funeral Home, 901 Beaver Dam Road on Friday from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and the funeral service will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Church of St. Anthony Claret, 780 Ocean Ave. (Route 88) in Lakewood, according to his obituary.
“While our community mourns the loss of our beloved student, the sudden loss of a friend or family member can have a profound impact,” Angelozzi said. Grief support services are available to students and staff through the Point Pleasant Borough Schools Counseling Department, through the Common Ground Grief Center, 732-606-7477, and through Perform Care, 1-877-652-7624.
The school pastoral care is available to students of all grades until Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the high school counseling service. Counseling services through the YMCA can be accessed by contacting the school counselor or the child studies team, Angelozzi said. Those in need should call the high school at 732-701-1900, ext. 2208 or 2209.
“Raul was a shining light in our family of friends,” wrote his friends, who created the GoFundMe campaign. “Raul will never be forgotten.”
Who wants to contribute Information on the GoFundMe campaign can be found here.
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