Hoboken mourning the loss of longtime community advocate Kyelia Colon


The City of Hoboken is mourning the loss of longtime community advocate Kyelia Colon, who was found dead in a Jersey City motel early Friday morning.

Kyelia Colon. Facebook photo.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Jersey City police have released few details as of Monday evening, simply stating they are investigating a woman found unresponsive at the Skyway Motel (who they are still working on identifying), located at 380 Tonnelle Ave., Facebook tributes have been coming in since Saturday evening.

“You were a help to me when I first started advocating for HHA residents. I am in shock and am very saddened by your death. You were a strong woman who did what she had to do for herself and her family. I will miss you dearly. RIP My friend,” wrote Adrienne Rawlins.

“As a community we should honor her legacy by living the imprint she left behind. And fight for the cause she stood up for. I will always be grateful for protecting me from bullying when I was a child. For being in support of my public life; and building your own public life as the community leader. Kyelia, I will never forget you. Rest Well,” added Omar Dwyer.

4th Ward Councilman Ruben Ramos said that he’s known Colon and her family for as far back as he can remember and offered his sincere condolences to her mother, grandmother, aunts, cousins, and friends during this difficult time.

“She was outspoken, fought hard for our community, involved in the housing authority, and loved her family. We’re all really sad and shocked by this,” the councilman said over the phone this afternoon.

On Saturday morning, family members began sharing a Facebook post that said she had been missing since Wednesday and attached a photo of a man they believed had taken her.

Authorities said that they had not made any arrests in connection to her death as of this writing.

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