The Red Bank Regional (RBR) community recently suffered a terrible tragedy with the sudden death of senior Riyadh’Na Farrow of Red Bank. Riyadh’Na’s friends and classmates gathered in their grief, struggling with the inexplicable loss of a vibrant young woman. The school provided counseling for students and faculty impacted by this loss; these services will be ongoing.
Riyadh’Na’s guidance counselor, Chris Desiere, recalls her as a leader among her peers who always had a positive influence on her friends. “She was the one consistently reinforcing positive messages. In difficult situations, hers was the voice of reason that cautioned for cooler heads to prevail.” He added, “She really wanted to be a role model for her brother — to show him how to do things in the
best possible way.”
Academically focused, Riyadh’Na planned to attend a historically black college upon high school graduation. Riyadh’Na was involved in her church and volunteered her time at Lunch Break. Her part time job at Foodtown and co-workers were special to her. She held her family relationships close to her heart.
In addressing staff and students at the school, Risa Clay, principal of RBR, called for community healing. “We are deeply saddened by the loss of Riyadh’Na Farrow. At these times it is important for the RBR family to join together and support each other.”
In reminiscing about their friend, one student recalled, “She didn’t have the loudest laugh in the world, but her laugh always filled the room.” That laugh and the beloved person that possessed it will be sorely missed at RBR.