MADISON, NJ - Nineteen year old Madison resident Christoph Szotak has been identified as the man killed by a NJ Transit train in Convent Station this past Wednesday.
A gofundme has been created in memory of Szotak. As of Saturday, the fund has raised $12,605 out of a goal of $10,000.
"CJ and his beautiful family have been a shining light guiding so many through dark times; now is the time to reciprocate and prove that love and kindness is always the answer", wrote Michelle Montes, the organizer of the gofundme fundraiser.
Montes wrote, "As some of you may know, on July 29th, 2020, heaven gained another angel. His name was Christopher Joseph Szotak. He was the son of both Karin and George Szotak, a brother to Allynn and Kiersten Szotak, a friend to anyone who was in need of one, and a fellow dodger. If you ever got the chance to meet CJ, you would know that he had a heart of gold and a kind soul. He would go out of his way to help anyone in need, and would make sure they were okay. He deeply valued his family, friends, teammates, and everyone he knew. He had a huge passion for wrestling and a devotion to his teammates. His love for wrestling and selfless care for friends and family was evident to all".
Money received will be used towards funeral expenses, wrote Montes.
"I kindly ask for friends and family to help care for the Szotak family as they deal with this unspeakable tragedy and grief. As they have shown all of their family and friends love in times past, let us now, show them love and care", the gofundme read.
Montes asked that the community comes together to "end the stigma that surrounds mental health disorders".
"We should normalize opening up, letting our emotions out, and asking for help. It is not a sign of weakness, but rather, a sign of strength", she wrote. "This stigma should be replaced by mental health support. We need more facilities and people to be available for those in need. No family should ever have to go through what the Szotak family is going through right now. Even though CJ's time with us was short, the memories we have with him will never fade. With that, I ask to please be kind and to always be there for one another".
To contribute to the fundraiser, click HERE
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