Family, friends remember Suffern college student who died during charity event
Family and friends gathered in Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, Friday to remember the 20-year-old Suffern college student who died over the weekend during 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 final respects.
Church of the Presentation pastor, Father Bob Stagg, described the outpouring of support as tremendous.
"I've never seen a reaction in my 15 years as I have, you know, to the news of Madie's death. It really hit everybody very 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 multiple reports, it happened during a hotdog eating contest.
Nicpon was a three-sport athlete, including top honors in lacrosse. She went on to play lacrosse at Tufts.
Friends and family describe her as bubbly, generous and kind - the type of person who would instantly light up a room.
"The kid was always around. A wonderful family and was just very much a part of the fabric of Suffern High School and the community," said Suffern High School women's lacrosse coach John Callanan.
Nicpon will be laid to rest on Saturday at 10 a.m.