SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Two Spotswood families are mourning the loss of their sons. Justin Rochford and Jonathan Ramirez, both 20, were killed over the weekend in a one-car accident while traveling along the northbound side of Route 9 just south of Smallwood Lane in Manalapan on Saturday evening. Rochford was pronounced dead at the scene while Ramirez succumbed to his injuries at Jersey Shore Medical Center in the early morning hours on Sunday.
Rochford, known as Rocky to friends and family, was a 2018 graduate of Spotswood High School. According to his obituary, he was a member of the Chargers' golf team and was an avid skateboarder who loved riding his BMX bike and racing dirt bikes. Rochford also loved to travel. A GoFundMe has been set up by relatives to help the family deal with the financial burden of their son's funeral. It was set up last night and has already raised a little over $13,000.
Ramirez was also a 2018 graduate of Spotswood High School. He was a member of the Chargers' wrestling team, played lacrosse for the East Brunswick Blackhawks, and baseball for the Spotswood Youth Baseball and Softball League. During his time at SHS, Ramirez also took part in the Spotswood Police Department's Junior Police Academy Program. Ramirez recently began working at FedEx and worked for UPS for a year and a half before starting the new job three months ago.
The two young men leave behind devastated families. Funeral arrangements for both are being handled by the Spotswood Funeral Home. According to their obituaries, a visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 20 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church with funeral services on Thursday, January 21 at 10:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the Ramirez family set up a donation link for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital on his obituary.
Current COVID-19 restrictions are in place during the upcoming visitation for Rochford and Ramirez, including the wearing of face coverings and social distancing.