SOMERSET, NJ - The Facebook fundraising page that has been established for the 14-year-old student who died Tuesday morning surpassed its goal to collect $15,000 to cover the cost of the funeral and memorial services within hours of being posted.
At the time of publication of this article more than $18,000 has been collected. Donations are still being accepted, TAP here to donate and read the page.
“My son was an active, loving child and was taken from us tragically on May 8, 2018,” Tracey Warren wrote on the fundraising page. “In lieu of flowers, I am asking for your kind assistance in covering the mounting cost of his funeral service and memorial activities. Any help, however small, would be greatly appreciated in celebrating the life of my amazing child. Thank you in advance.”
According to reports, Warren's son became unresponsive around 9:10 a.m. Tuesday morning during a physical education class held on a field at the school. Physical education staff of the school immediately began CPR and 911 was called. He later passed away at RWJ hospital.
The Board of Education President, Nancy LaCorte, and members of the council paid respect to Warren's son during the Tuesday council meeting.
"Today was an awful day, no parent should ever have to lose their child," LaCorte said during the meeting... "It was a really traumatic day. For the family, it was the worst day they could ever go through."
Franklin High School Principal, Frank Chmiel posted a public letter on the district's website saying, "We are talking as a learning community, considering what professionals would recommend as fitting to memorialize our Warrior while lifting the spirits of all without causing more sadness.”
TAP here to read the full letter.
Chmiel stated in the letter that grief counseling will be available to all students, faculty, and staff. He also said more information on how to help will be forthcoming.
Warren's Facebook page had hundreds of posts with heartfelt messages from people in and around Franklin Township.
"I have no words in the English language to comfort you," Melissa Laguerre said in a Facebook post. "Life gave you a hard one to deal with. I just want to send my love and a hug to you and your family. I’m so sorry."
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