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 â€œBattle for Bellaâ€ fundraiser last month for a 5-year-old Union City girl suffering from Leukemia said he would likely spearhead a fundraising effort for Rodriguezâ€™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 Rodriguezâ€™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 friendâ€™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.