NJ high school football standout, killed in crash, was always ‘a brick wall’
EAST RUTHERFORD — A former high school football standout was killed in a four-vehicle crash on Route 3 near MetLife Stadium on Sunday.
"It is with a heavy heart that I tell you we lost one of our own last night. Mike Devenio (class of 2010), was tragically killed in a car accident by MetLife Stadium. He was 24," reads a Facebook post from the Paramus Catholic Football Alumni.
The crash took place in the eastbound lanes and injured four people. Devenio was alone in his vehicle, according to police, who referred further questions about the incident to the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office. The road was closed for over six hours and slowed traffic headed to the weekend's Giants game.
Devenio graduated from Paramus Catholic in 2010 and played football for Western New England University. He had been working as a salesman at Mazda of Lodi.
Jonathan Jasinski of Lyndhurst, who described himself as Devenio's best friend, created a GoFundMe page to help with funeral expenses.
"We all have to be a brick wall for Mikey. He had always been a brick wall for me and his family and everyone else that has ever known him. I LOVE YOU BROTHER AND I WILL MISS YOU EVER MORE AND THE CRAZY THINGS WE USED TO DO TOGETHER," Jaslinski wrote.
"I'm at a loss for words. It was you and me for 4 years straight attached at the hip. When I was sad you were always the one to make me smile with that heart of gold. I'll love you forever Mikey rest easy my boy Mike Devenio," wrote friend Alyssa Lampo on her Facebook page.