The outpouring of love and prayers have been nonstop for Bryan Rodriguez, 17, and Noel Herrera, 16, who were mowed down last Saturday when 23-year-old Eric Patterson of Jersey City jumped a curb on Kennedy Boulevard in North Bergen.
“It’s the community pulling together again, one more time,” says Det. Carlos Pina, who spearheaded a fundraiser in honor of Rodriguez and Herrera near Union City High School Friday afternoon. “We’ve been tested.
“And we’re just getting together as a community to make things a little easier for the family members,” after being faced with an unspeakable tragedy.
According to the detective, they took some pre-orders and initially raised $1,500 on shirts bearing the likeness of the teens and the words, “Dance in Heaven” RIP Bryan and Noel, then doubled the order of each size to raise as much additional money as they could. And they did, raising $1,100 more — bringing the total to $2,600.
Bryan’s dad, Jorge Rodriguez, told Pina he’s very happy and appreciative they did this. The proceeds will be split in half between both families.
“So we’re out here… hustling. It’s an unfortunate situation what the families (are) going through, but as a community we’re gonna get through it,” Pina says.