Support for our deceased friend(Avinash)'s family

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A series of happy events turned into the most unfortunate one for Avinash and all his well wishers. Avinash along with his friends(we) went to Lake Hopatcong, NJ on Saturday(6/1) to celebrate his birthday.

We have rented a pontoon boat and went into the lake. During the activity, Avinash got into the water and within no time started saying something is pulling him down and screamed for help. He started flailing and was gasping for air. We tried to help with the life vest but unfortunately he couldn't reach to it. Understanding that the situation is getting worse, one of our friends jumped into the water with a life vest but we had to pull him out since his vest came off too. Avinash started to drown in water. Everything happened so quickly and all of us were terrified. Not knowing how to react, we called Bridge Marina and 911 for help.

The help team entered and started the search on Saturday morning. Unfortunately due a lot of weed in the lake and bad weather conditions, search was unsuccessful on Saturday and Sunday and is still in the process. We are all praying for some miracle to happen and get him back. Based on the current situation, unfortunately we have to say there are extremely less chances of getting back alive. In case of unfortunate event of not seeing him alive, we are planning to send the body back to India for his family and well-wishers to see him for one last time and to perform last rituals.

Avinash is one of the very few people being loved by all his associates for his plain hearted nature and willingness to help others. He always cared for well-being of fellow people and the society. He had high ambitions in life, to become an entrepreneur, give back to the society, travel places around the globe etc. He has started working recently and began to support his family members who have restlessly worked for Avinash's successful career. All dreams are now shattered with one tragic event. Knowing about this incident, his mother has been hospitalized in India. In this need of the hour, we kindly request your prayers for him and his family.

We are initiating a fundraiser so that we can get the process going, support his family in this time of need and despair. This is the least we can do for such an amazing person...!!!

Some of the new articles covering this event:
https://patch.com/new-jersey/jefferson/man-disappears-underwater-lake-hopatcong-police

https://www.northjersey.com/story/marketplace/real-estate/morris-county/2019/06/02/body-not-found-missing-man-lake-hopatcong/1321842001/

https://nj1015.com/swimmer-goes-missing-in-lake-hopatcong/

We will keep you all posted with updates. If you have any questions, please contact:

Contact#1: Jay , 2173819716, mjdharik@gmail.com

Contact#2: Kranthi, 3038428019

Contact#3: Prudhvi, 7177771576
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Thank you everyone for coming forward and making your personal contributions. This fundraiser wouldn't have been achievable at this scale without each and every one of you. I thank you all a ton from the very bottom of my heart.

Avinash, this one is for you. I am sure you're in peace with your warm smile wherever your soul has taken abode now.
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Rest in Peace brother...
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Family/Friends and whoever want to pay their last respects and say goodbye before the body is transferred to India for the rites and rituals, you can come over at the location below tomorrow, Wednesday at 12 Noon. This is the only time available. Then we will need to transfer him to Air India tomorrow evening for departure on Thursday to India.

Location: 75 Woodbridge ave, highland park, nj 08904, The Hindu Funeral Home.
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After 3 days of relentless efforts, local police and rescue teams have identified Avinash's body. Waiting for investigation and autopsy to be completed. We will share updates as we get.

We thank you all for your prayers and support so far and request you to please continue to share the campaign to help Avinash's family.
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