Candlelight Vigil Tonight for Glen Ridge’s Jeremy Duncker (Updated)


A group of a hundred or so youth and adults held a candlelight vigil tonight at Jeremy Duncker‘s favorite spot in Carteret Park. The Glen Ridge High School senior’s nickname, J-Dunk, was spelled out in candles in the sand of the ball field. His sneakers, which have hung on a wire for many years, now served as a memorial. Friends have also created a R.I.P. J-Dunk page on Facebook.

According to the Glen Ridge Voice, Duncker, 18, was found under the Freeman Parkway bridge Tuesday night. Cause of death has not been released.

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  1. I am very sorry to hear of a loss of a young life. Curious though, does anyone know how/why J-Dunk died?

    My condolences to his family.

  2. I feel comment posted that is “just curious” is in poor taste and inappropriately timed. From all reports I’ve heard this boy was loved by his friends and an active member of the glen ridge high school community. He was somebody’s son and brother.
    That is what matters.
    Our community lost a child. Hopefully his family will know that this is their time to mourn, not indulge in anyone’s curiosity.

    Sincere condolences to the family and friends who lost their loved one way too soon.

  3. Dear Say What.

    My apologies. I did not mean to offend by asking how this young man lost his life. My condolences were mentioned first and foremost to the family.
    After the tragic loss of another young life in Bloomfield last week, I think it was natural to be ‘curious’ how this young man lost his life. I have noticed that Baristanet has updated the story to include information to include accident that robbed this young boy of his life, and not a sudden illness like menigitis (which has taken some young lives recently).

    Again, my condolences to the family of J-Dunk and my apologies to anyone who was offended by my question.

  4. And last weekend, MKA graduate Indigo Brooks died of “an aggressive virus”. She graduated MKA last year and was a freshman at St. John’s in Queens. Also 17, like Jeremy. Also young like the accident victim. To me, all of these hit close to home, and make me realize that, not only is teenage-hood a dangerous time, but that life is so precious. I cannot imagine losing a child, no matter what the cause.

  5. I should add that Ms. Brooks lived in Newark. Perhaps this is not Baristaville, exactly, but (obviously) MKA is, which is why I mention it.

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