SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The death of an individual in the school community is a traumatic event and one in which everyone needs to respond in a caring and supportive manner.  Wednesday morning our community was notified of a traumatic event, South Plainfield High School student, and incoming senior, Sarmad Rizvi was with his family and friends at Sandy Hook National Park on Tuesday, enjoying the beach. Rizvi was caught by a rip current and disappeared into the ocean in an area not manned by lifeguards.  His family and friends alerted lifeguards at approximately 5:00 pm, when life guards located Rizvi they attempted to resuscitate him before he was transported to Monmouth Medical Center.  He was pronounced dead at 2:45 am Wednesday morning.

Rizvi was 17 years old and wrestled for the South Plainfield High School varsity team during the 2013-2014 season. He hoped to attend Rutgers University after high school and continue to wrestle. The high school had grief counselors at the high school today and will have them all day tomorrow for students and faculty.

Prayer services will be at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday evening at Masjid-E-Ali located at 47 Cedar Grove Lane in Somerset. The burial will be Thursday morning after a 10:00 a.m. service at the mosque. The Alternative Press of South Plainfield expresses their sincerest condolences to all his family and friends during this most difficult time.