Mourners remember Budd Lake drowning victims

A community in mourning is coming together to help the families of two Mount Olive teens who died after falling through the ice on Budd

Authorities say Nick Cianciotto and Clyde Schimanski III drowned in Budd Lake on Monday night.

Authorities say Nick Cianciotto and Clyde Schimanski III drowned in Budd Lake on Monday night. (1/11/13)

MOUNT OLIVE - A community in mourning is coming together to help the families of two Mount Olive teens who died after falling through the ice on Budd Lake.

Hundreds of friends, family and community members braved the rain tonight at St. Jude's Church in Mount Olive for a wake honoring 15-year-old Nick Cianciotto.

Nick and his friend, Clyde Schimanski III, fell through the ice on Monday. The bodies of both boys turned up after a massive two-day search.

Among the mourners at tonight's services was Melissa Phelan. She did not know the boys personally, but set up an online donation site where people could give money to help the families pay for funeral services.

In no time, $12,000 was raised for Clyde, whose family was allegedly unable to afford a funeral for their son. Included among the donations was an anonymous gift of $5,000.

A site is still active where people can make donations to the Cianciotto family.

Funeral services honoring Nick Cianciotto will be held at St. Jude's Roman Catholic Church tomorrow morning at 10:30 a.m.

More on this topic

Budd Lake Fundraiser

Nick Cianciotto

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

1 VIDEO: Families of victim, suspect argue in Paterson court
A bacterial infection known as leptospirosis is affecting 2 Bacterial infection affecting dogs in New Jersey
3 New Jersey Sportscast, March 24
Weekend Travel Advisory, 3/24-3/26 4 Weekend Travel Advisory, 3/24-3/26
Officials are investigating what caused flames to erupt 5 Officials probe cause of house fire in Toms River

advertisement | advertise on News 12

More News

Authorities say Nick Cianciotto and Clyde Schimanski III Growing calls for lake safety after teens' deaths

Mount Olive residents want increased security to prevent future tragedies like the drowning deaths of

The body of one of the missing boys Police: Second body recovered from Budd Lake

Search teams have recovered the body of Clyde Schimanski III, the second teenager who disappeared

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE