Campaign aims to raise $50k in memory of Dina Kadribasic
by Jennifer Khedaroo
Apr 11, 2017 | 815 views | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tragedy unfolded nearly two weeks ago when 13-year-old Dina Kadribasic was struck by an approaching R train at the 63rd Drive-Rego Park subway station near Queens Boulevard.

Friends are now looking to help the family through their difficult time through an online fundraising campaign.

According to police, Kadribasic jumped onto the tracks to retrieve her cell phone around 3:50 p.m. on Sunday, April 2. She scrambled to climb back onto the platform when the train, unable to stop in time, struck her.

Kadribasic was taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center, where she died.

Shear Bliss NYC Salon, where Kadribasic’s mother worked, said they created the campaign for “our dearest friend, our sweetest coworker, an amazing woman and mother of two children.”

“On behalf of Shear Bliss NYC Salon, we would like to extend our deepest sympathy and have created this fund in helping support a grieving family,” the business wrote on the crowdfunding page.

Joan Tarbutton’s daughter was a friend of Kadribasic from school. The two shared homeroom and some classes.

“Dina always looked after my daughter, who has autism, and another special-needs classmate, especially at lunchtime,” Tarbutton said. “She is a kind, generous soul whom we will miss, but we will do our best to honor her and her memory.”

The original fundraising goal was set for $20,000 but was increased to $50,000 after 239 people donated $21,213 in one day. As of Monday, nearly $32,000 had been raised.

Some of the money will go towards Kadribasic’s family, which will help cover funeral expenses. Family members are also hoping to create an awareness campaign in honor of Kadribasic, which will express the dangers of jumping onto train tracks.
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