A community in New York has come together to support the family of a local high school student who died suddenly on October 14.
Jack Aidan Strehl, 16, was a junior at Arlington High School in LaGrangeville, where he was a shot put and discus pitcher on the track team.
His cause of death was not released.
A GoFundMe campaign organized by Jennifer Sullivan had raised more than $74,000 for funeral expenses and financial expenses related to the death as of Friday morning.
“Sometimes there are no words,” Sullivan wrote in the fundraiser. “Sometimes our love and support for a family is all we can do at a difficult time.
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“No family should have to pay for a child’s funeral,” she concluded.
An obituary for Strehl described him as “an all-American boy” with a “perpetual smile.”
The young man is said to have earned his black belt in Tae Kwon Do in July 2017 at the age of just 11 after just five years of training.
“This was a very proud moment for Jack and his family as it taught him respect, humility, perseverance, self control, honesty, focus, faith, discipline and appreciation. Jack has worked hard throughout his life to apply these principles.”
Strehl worked on the maintenance crew at The Links in Union Vale from the age of 14 and was an avid dirt bike rider.
“Jack recently got his driver’s license and was excited to test the shock absorbers and right rear tire, hitting all the ditches while making right turns with his mother’s pilot, a car he was supposed to get,” reads in his obituary.
“Jack had also attended two college fairs where he was looking forward to either planning a future in engineering or exploring the new aeronautics program at DCC.
“Jack’s future was bright, but unfortunately it was cut short.”
According to the Daily Voice, a scholarship will be established at Arlington High School in Strehl’s memory.
“Donations can be made to the Arlington Education Foundation, 144 Todd Hill Road, Lagrangeville, NY 12540. Please indicate Jack Aidan Strehl grant in the notes field.”
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