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Ryan Ross, Asbury Park Press

BRICK – Over $76,000 has been raised to pay for memorial services for Marsada “Sadi” Connors and Cole Young, who were killed in a crash while traveling in Illinois.

A GoFundMe page was set up Monday by their high school friend Joseph Picolli, 19, who graduated from Point Pleasant Borough High School with Young in 2020. Connors graduated the year before in 2019.  

Picolli originally set a fundraising goal of $30,000. However, by Tuesday evening, the amount donated was more than double that.

“I knew this was going to take off. There is so much love for them in the community. They were the most kindhearted people you could surround yourself with and everyone enjoyed being around them,” said Picolli, who met Young in the seventh grade when Young’s family moved from Belmar to Point Pleasant.    

Connors, 20, and Young, 19, were killed Friday on Interstate 70 when a tractor-trailer struck the Honda Odyssey that Young was driving with Connors as a passenger and flung them into a ditch. Both were pronounced dead at the scene. 

 Fatal crash: Two Brick residents killed after being struck by tractor-trailer in Illinois

The truck driver, who also hit a pickup truck, was cited for improper lane use and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. The accident remains under investigation by the Illinois State Police Traffic Crash Reconstruction Unit.  

Connors and Young were living in Brick and  played several varsity sports in high school. They had been dating since 2018 and were returning from a cross-country trip when the accident occurred. Their dog, Maezy, also died in the car with them. 

The GoFundMe is called the “Cole Young and Sadi Connors memorial fund.”  The money also will  be used for their interment and to establish scholarships in their names. Young was going into the trades and Connors was studying in the medical field.  

Picolli said he established the fund so the families of Connors and Young could “mourn without being stressed about the overwhelming costs of the funeral.”

“There’s a whole community behind them to help out,” Picolli said.   

Along with their parents, Connors has two older brothers, and Young has a twin brother and an older brother.  

When Jersey Shore native Dan Radel is not reporting the news, you can find him in a college classroom where he is a history professor. Reach him @danielradelapp; 732-643-4072; [email protected].

Source: Asbury Park

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