A TRIBUTE: “Wish I could go back a year ago today and just stay there,” tweeted 16-year-old John Graniello, the boy who fell to his death Friday night from the Palisades just north of the George Washington Bridge.
“None of this feels real,” wrote his friend, Rebecca Rodriguez, 16, of Fort Lee. “I was his first friend when he moved here when we were both innocent kids in middle school. I miss those days.”
But the junior was still upbeat and positive, as always, his friends said early Saturday morning.
Most people “didn’t even know what an amazing person he really is,” wrote Hanna Jurek of Leonia.
“Nicest kid I’ve ever met,” added Tyler Sokolich, also 16.
A family is devastated and a community of teens who knew Graniello is reeling from the shock.
“The times we had were just funny and unforgettable[,] bro,” Fort Lee High School classmate Andrew Troya wrote on his Facebook page. “From the time you helped me when [I] was sick to just simple days chilling…. We all miss you already bro but [you’re] in a better place.”
“Life is crazy,” added Matt Mattera. “Seriously, anything can happen at any given time. Enjoy every breath you take, cause you never know when it will be your last.”
“And wouldn’t change by the change, or the game, or the fame, when he came, in the game, he made his own name.”
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