RNJ News Department

Community rallies around family of Rockaway Twp. girl who died this week

ROCKAWAY TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – A GoFundMe page has been set up to help a Rockaway Township family whose daughter died earlier this week.

The campaign was set up by Katee Reddin Petro and she wrote on the page, “As many of you know, our community has suffered a terrible loss. Many are asking what they can do to help. Bianca and I thought that we and us as a community can help by taking the financial burden of funeral expenses off of the Grossman family. We want to help them give Mallorey the beautiful memorial she deserves. With permission from the Grossman family.”

Rockaway Township schools superintendent Dr. Greg McGann said.“It is with deep sadness that I inform you our school community has experienced a tragedy. A middle school student died suddenly on the evening of Wednesday, June 14, 2017.”

The death of the student is the subject of an investigation by the appropriate authorities. This is standard protocol, and the district is fully cooperating with the appropriate authorities regarding their investigation, McGann said.

The District is not at liberty to share any details regarding this terrible occurrence, McGann said.

In his statement, McGann also said, we have put a number of supports and resources in place to help students and families who may need assistance such as Helping Parents Help Their Children: Information about Coping with Trauma and https://newbridge.org/.

As of Saturday morning, the online campaign has raised more than $50,000.

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By: Jay Edwards
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(Photo: GoFundMe)