Online Campaign Raises More Than $11,000 for Paul Kim, Rutgers Student Who Jumped to His Death

By Yifei Ji

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A fundraising campaign has started to help pay for the wake and funeral services of Paul Kim, the junior-year Rutgers student whose body was found in Hudson River last week. Initiated by his brother, the campaign has been garnering more than $11,000 to help out the Kim family.

According to a report in NorthJersey.com and nj.com, Kim’s body was discovered in the river on Oct. 21, near the Intrepid Museum in Manhattan. His abandoned bicycle was found on the New Jersey-bound south walkway of the George Washington Bridge by a passerby. Both news agencies said a source close to the investigation stated the death is an apparent suicide.

An email was sent from Richard Edwards, the University Chancellor, to the members of Rutgers New-Brunswick community on Oct. 24, a day after the body was identified by authorities. The statement reads:

“As a community, we mourn the loss of this gifted young man and offer our heartfelt sympathies to Paul’s family and friends.”

Condolences to the Kim family, and expressions of grief and loss poured out onto social media outlets. His older brother, Christopher Kim, took to Instagram to share his sadness. He also initiated an online fundraising campaign called Rest in Paradise Paul Kim, which has received money from 297 donations for the wake service and funeral, according to newbrunswicktoday.com.

Daily Targum, the student-run newspaper confirmed that the services were held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 24, with a funeral held Oct. 25 at 9 a.m. Both were held at the Kim Funeral Home, 1601 Palisade Ave., Fort Lee, NJ 07024.

So far three Rutgers students have died in this semester, including Caitlyn Kovacs, who died Sept. 21 in an alcohol-related incident, and Darsh Patel, who was killed in a bear attack while hiking in Passaic County on the same day.

The Rutgers email also said “counselors are available to any student who is grieving this sudden loss, or who is in need of counseling for any reason.” Students can contact Rutgers Counseling, ADAP, and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) at 848-932-7884 or visit 17 Senior St. in New Brunswick if they need any psychological assistance.

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