Union City High School students, others, hold vigil for Bryan Rodriguez

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Union City High School students, among many others, gathered at St. Michael’s Monastery to dance, laugh and cry as they remembered their fallen friend Bryan Rodriguez – who was hit by a car while walking near John F. Kennedy Boulevard and 26th Street in North Bergen last night.

A generally very enthusiastic crowd danced in memory of Bryan, since that was one of his favorite past times. Carlos Pina, a Union City police officer and music producer, helped to organize the event and spoke to Hudson County View about his fond memories of Rodriguez.

Pina, who helped organize the “Battle for Bella” fundraiser last month for a 5-year-old Union City girl suffering from Leukemia said he would likely spearhead a fundraising effort for Rodriguez’s family.

Charles Gaston, 15, and Angel Bravo, 17, both played football with Rodriguez, describing him as fun-loving, humble and a kid who stayed out of trouble.

Gaston described football and dance as Rodriguez’s biggest passions, while Bravo recalled Rodriguez coming over his house to hang out and dance.

Both youngsters were at a loss for words when reflecting on the tragic news of their friend’s passing.

Officials have announced a press conference at North Bergen Town Municipal Chambers, located at 4233 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, tomorrow at 1 p.m. to discuss further details surrounding the incident.

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