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Shock, Sadness Follow 18-Year-Old Leonia Man's Drowning Death

Luke Martin Rambharose
Luke Martin Rambharose Photo Credit: FACEBOOK photo

LEONIA, N.J. -- Shock continued to shake those who knew him as word spread of the drowning death of an 18-year-old Leonia man in Rockland.


UPDATE: A funeral Mass was scheduled for Saturday for an 18-year-old Leonia man who drowned in Rockland last week.



Luke Rambharose was cliff-jumping and swimming with friends at Pine Meadow Lake in Harriman State Park on Thursday in Haverstraw when he went under, a source with direct knowledge of the incident told Daily Voice.

The heavily wooded area is reachable via ATV.

What happened wasn't immediately clear, although friends said Rambharose had asthma. CPR efforts were futile after his body was pulled from the water around 3:30 p.m., authorities said.

"So sad," a Leonia High School friend told Daily Voice. "I loved the kid."

Rambharose "stayed in Chorus for years, yet never sang loud enough to let you hear," classmate Max Wang wrote. "Yet never will his voice sink beneath flashes of our memories."

"My first year of high school went by so quickly and you put nothing but a huge smile on my face by telling me not to stop trying," friend Rori Stewart wrote in a Facebook tribute. "You always pushed me and made me work for what I wanted.

"All you did was grind and put your mind to whatever you wanted to happen."

A GoFundMe page was established to help the family cover funeral expenses.

CLICK HERE: For Luke's Funeral Services

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