NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Authorities identified a body found in the Hudson River, and determined that it belonged to a 20-year-old Rutgers student named Paul J. Kim.
On the morning on Tuesday, October 21, passersby reported Kim’s bicycle had been abandoned along the George Washington Bridge, connecting Fort Lee and Manhattan.
“It is with great sadness that I write to inform you of the death of Paul J. Kim, a third-year student from Fairview, New Jersey, who was studying in the School of Arts and Sciences. As a community, we mourn the loss of this gifted young man and offer our heartfelt sympathies to Paul’s family and friends,” said Rutgers University Chancellor Richard Edwards, in an email to the school community.
Kim’s wake service will be held at the Kim Funeral Home, 1601 Palisade Avenue in Fort Lee, from 7PM to 9PM tonight, Friday, October 24. The funeral will be held at the same location tomorrow, Saturday October 25, at 9 AM.
Condolences to the Kim family, and expressions of grief and loss poured out onto social media outlets yesterday into today.
“RIP Paul Kim, one of the nicest & selfless kids I knew. Prayers go out to your family,” said Fabien Gashi on Twitter.
“He was such a genuinely good person. My condolences go out to his family,” tweeted Andrin Hereni.
In the short time since the tragic news, an online fundraising campaign garnered more than $10,000 for the Kim family.
Rutgers stressed 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 Psychological Services (CAPS) at 848-932-7884 or visit 17 Senior Street in New Brunswick.
“Also, students who may just wish to speak to someone can reach out to their Residence Life staff (if living on-campus) or the Dean of Students (if commuting or residing off-campus),” read the statement from Edwards.
Charlie is the founder and editor of New Brunswick Today, and the winner of the Awbrey Award for Community-Oriented Local Journalism. He is a proud Rutgers University journalism graduate, a community organizer, and a former independent candidate for mayor of New Brunswick.