Dan DiFabio, 18, was known for his smile and humor.
“Dan, you were so amazing! You always had a smile on your face and you always made everyone smile and laugh around you,” Tina Monbleau said on Facebook.
The Lacey Township High School senior was pronounced dead at his Forked River home Tuesday. The circumstances surrounding his death have not been released.
Monbleau continued to call DiFabio a “sweetheart.”
“We have such an amazing angel watching over us now and you’re in a very special place right now,” she said.
A candlelight vigil was held in DiFabio’s memory Tuesday night and a makeshift Facebook page has been created in his honor. As of Wednesday afternoon, the page had 1,988 likes.
According to DiFabio’s Facebook page, he participated in Motocross, a form of motorcycle racing held on off-road circuits.
Others are calling DiFabio an “awesome kid,” a “goofball” and “one of the nicest kids.”
“Dan was a sweetheart who had the ability to bring a smile to everyone’s face,” Rachel Finelli said on Facebook. “Your humor always made me giggle and your laughter was contagious. I hope you see how many people adored you.”
Counseling services are available to students at the high school throughout the day until 8 p.m. Wednesday.
The District Response Crisis Team as well as grief counselors will also be available at 6:30 p.m. to provide parents and guardians with information to help children cope with loss.
Below are some of the comments people are saying. Please feel free to post your memories in the comment section of this story as well as upload photos of DiFabio.
“Dan, you were an awesome kid and will be missed.” -Ethan Folk.
“We really lost a great kid today.” -Nichole Ellingham Peckham.
“God has received another angel today far too soon.” -Elizabeth Eden.
“Rest in peace Dan DiFabio. You will be missed so much buddy. English class will never be the same ever again without you.” -Andrew Papa
“Dan u were the man. I hope ur watching over us from heaven. You were a good kid. Miss u a lot man. Rest in peace.” -Ignacio Velasquez
“You were always a goofball, always put a smile on my face. Rest in paradise baby boy ♥ forever loved and missed.” -Kayy Bonacolta
“I love you. Your spirit will live on through all of the students past, present and future at LTHS. There are no words to describe how we all are feeling right now. I picture your smiling face always laughing. I know you're in a better place and one day ill be right next to see as well. Rest in peace, you will never be forgotten.” -Johnny Noto
“Honestly, the hardest thing is loosing my best friend. I feel like I just saw you and you had a huge smile on your face, living life to the fullest and riding all the time. ❤ They always say the good die young but why? I love you man and miss you already. I’ll never forget you. Neither will anyone. You were the man. Love you Daniel son. Rest easy buddy.” -Jay Schoepfer
“You have been like a little brother to me for a long time. All of the camping trips, races, riding, sleepovers you and Erik had. I know one thing…Heaven gained an amazing angel yesterday. You had the best personality and your smile could light up the room. I’ll never forget the day you got your braces off. I watched you grow up from a little boy to a handsome young man…I love ya little brother.” -Amanda Robbins