Memorials remember teen killed by train at Jersey Shore as ‘shining light’

Raul Cartagena memorial

The young man fatally struck by a train in Point Pleasant Beach Sunday evening is identified by a memorial at the scene as Raul Cartagena, a 15-year-old.

Friends also created a GoFundMe on Raul Cartagena’s behalf, saying on the page, “Raul was a shining light in our family of friends and he always had a smile on his face and knew how to put one on ours even in our darkest of days.”

The three friends, ages 14 to 16, said they want to help Cartagena’s family with funeral expenses. The effort raised over $20,000 by Monday evening.

NJ Transit and local police have said a juvenile was struck at about 4:30 p.m. Sunday by a southbound train near the Forman Avenue crossing, off Route 35 north.

The crash remains under investigation with no new updates, an NJ Transit spokesperson said Monday.

Cartagena was reportedly on a bicycle when struck. News 12 A cousin of the victim told News 12 Cartagena was a rising freshman at Point Pleasant Borough High School and had plans to be on the wrestling team.

The Point Pleasant Borough district’s superintendent, Adam L. Angelozzi, said in a statement that a district student died in a tragic accident Sunday, and that counseling is available for students or staff.

“During this difficult time, our thoughts are with his family, friends, and our entire community,” Angelozzi said.

Raul Cartagena memorial

A memorial at the Forman Avenue train crossing in Point Pleasant Beach for Raul Cartagena, 15, who was fatally struck here on Aug. 14, 2022.(Photo by Kevin Shea | NJ Advance Media)

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