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Death Of Hasbrouck Heights Mother Sparks Fundraiser For Family

Neejhow "Joie" Gomez and her baby girl before the mother passed away Dec. 26.
Neejhow "Joie" Gomez and her baby girl before the mother passed away Dec. 26. Photo Credit: GoFundMe

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, N.J. — More than $3,500 had been raised as of Monday afternoon on a GoFundMe page to help a newly single father raise his baby girl after the baby’s mother of Hasbrouck Heights died.

Manny Toribio became the only living parent to his baby girl after Neejhow "Joie" Gomez , a mother of three children, died Dec. 26, the site says.

“She was full of so much life and energy,” said the page’s founder, Manny Martes. “Trying to understand why she was taken has been so difficult.”

After graduating from Felician University in Lodi with her bachelor's in nursing, Gomez went on to work as a registered nurse for Amedisys Home Health and Hospice Care in Hackensack, her obituary by Costa Memorial Home says.

Funds raised will go toward Toribio and his family.

“We never really understand why these things happen so unexpectedly," Martes said on the site, "but the only thing we can really do is be there for one another and let time heal the hearts of those who have been damaged this Christmas."

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