Family and friends remember Suffern student who died at charity event

Family and friends gathered in Upper Saddle River, New Jersey on Friday to remember the 20-year-old Suffern student who died over the weekend at a charity event.

Services for Madie Nicpon were held at the Church of the Presentation where a long line of mourners waited hours to pay their last respects.

Presentation Church pastor Father Bob Stagg called the outpouring of support huge.

“I never saw a reaction in my 15 years like I did, you know, to the news of Madie’s death. It really hit everyone really hard,” Stagg said.

Nicpon, who graduated from Suffern High School in 2019 and attended Tufts University, choked to death during a charity event. According to several reports, this happened during a hot dog tasting competition.

Nicpon was an athlete in three sports, including the highest honors in lacrosse. She then played lacrosse at Tufts.

Her friends and family describe her as bubbly, generous and kind – the kind of person who would instantly light up a room.

“The child was still there. A wonderful family and was just part of the fabric of Suffern High School and the community, ”said Suffern High School women’s lacrosse coach John Callanan.

Nicpon will be buried on Saturday at 10 a.m.

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