Emotional vigil for friends found dead in Hudson River

They were much loved in the tight knit community of West New York. Now that community is left grieving Ali Harb and Juan Bustamonte.

The tragic deaths of the two men were revealed after they were pulled from the Hudson River off Hoboken Tuesday.

West New York officials are hosting a memorial and vigil in honor of the men tonight at 7 pm behind Bank of America, on 61st Street and Harrison Place.

Commissioner Susan Colacurcio says she expects a large turnout.

The lifeless bodies of 41-year-old Harb, of West New York and Juan Bustamonte, 35, of 
Union City were removed from the water late Tuesday morning, secured and tentatively identified by the Hoboken Fire Department.

According to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, the bodies were discovered at 8 am on the border of Weehawken and Hoboken.

Police departments from both towns responded to a 911 call regarding a body floating in Weehawken Cove in Hoboken.

By 9 am the Weehawken Police Department indicated that a second body was also spotted in the cove a short distance from the first body.

But they did not indicate whether the deaths were linked or how long the bodies were submerged.

Both were pronounced dead at approximately 10:45 am.

By Tuesday afternoon Prosecutor Suarez tweeted, ”There should be no concern to the public involving the two bodies found in the Hudson River in Hoboken this morning.”

According to Suarez, the deaths do not appear to be suspicious, but she did not elaborate and says her office is awaiting the medical examiner’s results — as to the cause and manner of death.

That didn’t quell the expected speculation on social media.

The Prosecutor’s Homicide Unit is actively investigating the case with assistance from the Hoboken Police Department.

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