CRANFORD, NJ – At the request of the student body, Cranford High-School held a candlelight vigil Wednesday night to honor the life, the memory and the everlasting spirit of Justin Juzefyk.
Hundreds of students gathered to light candles and then placed them in the snow pack around the flagpole as a memorial to Justin. In silence, they processed into the auditorium, it was there that family, friends, classmates and acquaintances had the opportunity to speak about their memories of Justin. Testimonial after testimonial remembered Justin as a friend who was always laughing, smiling or cracking a joke, he had an easy manner which put everyone at ease.
His mother spoke of the son she remembered, “He was a happy kid who chased me around the house with a camera, he loved his friends and family. Justin would not want us to have sorrow, he would want us to have joy.”
A female friend went on to reiterate the sentiment, “Justin will be remembered as a caring, happy, good friend who loved photography and making people laugh.”
The vigil was meant to bring comfort, a place to come and share, be silent or cry with the people who knew and loved Justin.
Juzefyk, a 16-year-old junior at the high-school, passed away early Wednesday morning from injuries he suffered, as a result of a car accident on Tuesday night.