A Community Mourns
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 • 10:36am
SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The communities of Spotswood and Milltown came together in grief and prayer Monday evening, as upwards of 1,000 people attended a candlelight prayer vigil in the memory of Jeffrey Szatkowski, Jr. and Nicole Surace. Szatkowski, age 17, and Surace, age 18, were killed when the vehicle Szatkowski was driving ran off the road and crashed into a utility pole and flipped before crashing into a tree. The teens died at the hospital from their injuries.
The deaths have devastated the communities, and the outpouring of grief and emotion was enormous at the vigil, where religious leaders from the community joined in with town officials and residents from the communities, as well as neighboring East Brunswick for both prayers, reflection and hymns.
The two teens will remain sweethearts in perpetuity, as they will be buried next to each other at Holy Cross Burial Park in East Brunswick.
Visitation for the 17-year-old Szatkowski will be from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at the Brunswick Memorial Home, 454 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Visitation for the 18-year-old Surace will be from 2-5 and 7-10 p.m Wednesday at the Bronson & Guthlein Funeral Home, 152 North Main St., Milltown, with a mass of Christian burial to take place at St. Bartholomew's Church on Ryders Lane in East Brunswick on Thursday at 11 a.m.