Family of West New York man found in Hudson River seeking public’s help

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The family of a West New York man found dead in the Hudson River yesterday is seeking the public’s help in paying for his funeral.

Ali Harb. Photo via GoFundMe.
Ali Harb. Photo via GoFundMe.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“My Brother, a caring, loving, big hearted gentleman lost his life on April 4th at the Age of 41. He was a West New York lifer over 35+ years and a graduate from Memorial High School,” Moses Harb, the brother of Ali Harb, wrote on a GoFundMe page.

“Everyone knew him and liked him for his generosity, kindness and funny personality. He will truly be missed. He leaves behind 2 young admirable sons and wife. All proceeds will go to his Funeral Costs to help his family in these tough times. Anything is appreciated. Thank you.”

Although the page only went up about an hour ago, the page has already seen $1,735 in donations. The overall goal is $20,000.

Yesterday, the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office confirmed that Ali Harb and Juan Bustamonte, 35, of Union City and also grew up in West New York, were found dead in the Hudson River near the Weehawken Cove in Hoboken.

Still awaiting word from the state medical examiner’s office, the prosecutor’s office said the deaths didn’t appear suspicious and that “there should be no concern to the public” as a result of the incident.