Funeral services set for Notre Dame High School student killed by train
Notre Dame High School soccer player Jacob J. "Coby" St. Phard will be remembered with a memorial service on Friday.
The Barlow and Zimmer Funeral Home, which is handling the funeral arrangements, said the Princeton Alliance Church located at 20 Schalks Crossing Road, Plainsboro, will host a memorial service 11 a.m. Friday.
A private funeral will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to a memorial fund to be created in St. Phard's name.
St. Phard was struck west of the Hamilton station on Sunday night by a NJ Transit maintenance train headed from the Meadowlands maintenance center in Kearny to the NJ Transit yard Morrisville, Penn. NJ Transit police have not said why St. Phard was on the tracks as their investigation is not complete.
Notre Dame continues to mourn the loss of St. Phard who had signed a letter of intent to play at Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania during the next season.
The St. Joseph's boy's basketball team honored Coby's memory before their sectional semifinal game on Tuesday night in Metuchen with an emotional performance of Amazing Grace by the St. Joe's music ministry according to MyCentralJersey.com.
“St. Joseph’s has always been a first-class operation. The moment in the beginning touched me. I’ll be honest. It brought me to tears. You could see our kids in the stands and how touched they were, as well. I’m proud of our kids and how well they played. I think our kids gave a good showing under the circumstances" Notre Dame athletic director Richard Roche told the news site.
St. Joe's won their matchup 98-69.