NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A GoFundMe page set up to help pay for the funeral expenses of a Rutgers student whose body was found in a pond last week has raised close to $10,000.
Yasir Williams, 21, a School of Arts and Sciences junior, was reported missing by a family member after he left his East Orange home on March 29.
His body was found last week in a pond at an Orange park, according to a statement from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and Orange Police Department.
In a statement released to Rutgers students and faculty members, Salvador Mena, vice chancellor for student affairs at Rutgers-New Brunswick, said Williams “was a well-loved member of our community.”
According to the statement, Williams transferred to Rutgers from Fairleigh Dickinson University in fall 2018. He was a dean’s list student who was an active member in the TRIO/Upward Bound program as a mentor.
Williams was also heavily involved with the Office of Leadership and Experiential Learning, where he was part of the planning team for this year’s Mark conference.
The school was making counselors available for any student seeking grief or general support. CAPS (Counseling, Alcohol and Other Drug Assistance Program & Psychiatric Services) is providing all services, including Let’s Talk, remotely via phone and video appointments.
Students can contact CAPS by calling 848-932-7884 and leaving a voicemail with their full name, phone number, and RU ID. Calls are returned within an hour during regular business hours.
The State Regional Medical Examiners Officer confirmed Williams’s identity and determined he had died by drowning, according to a statement.