NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press
WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — Friends of a Warwick teenager who drowned last weekend have turned to the Internet to raise money for his funeral.
The group's effort on gofundme.com has hit its goal of $3,000 to pay for funeral expenses for Jeremiah Zarty. His friend Brenna Coppola told WPRI-TV that any money raised beyond the $3,000 mark would be used to help fly Zarty's relatives in from Liberia, where he was born, so they can attend services for him.
The 19-year-old Warwick resident drowned last weekend near the Arcadia Management Area in Exeter.
A funeral service is scheduled for Aug. 22 at 12 p.m. at the North Kingstown Assembly of God.
Friends say Zarty's father lives in Liberia, his mother died and his aunt had been taking care of him in Rhode Island.
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