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Friday, July 27, 2007

Local Reaction to Deadly Car Crash in VA

The neighbors of the young people who were killed in a horrific car crash in Virginia Tuesday are trying to absorb the news and support the devastated mother of the victims. At 3395 Reservoir Oval West in Norwood, a temporary shrine has been set up with flowers and candles for the six who died. (Five are confirmed as the family of Pamela Ramharrack, and the sixth is still unidentified.)

According to police reports, Petrina Gopaul, Anthony Gopaul, Rawlins Gopaul, Anderson Gopaul and Jessica Gopaul were on their way to North Carolina when their Honda Accord crossed the median, and ran into a truck. The siblings ranged in age from 11 to 25. Neighbors said that they were good, respectful kids who never hung out in the street or got into trouble.

When their mother heard the news, she called the children's father in Trinidad, where the family is from, and he had a heart attack, according to the Gothamist account of the events.

The Gopauls' neighbors in their building are planning to take up a collection to help the family with funeral expenses. We'll post more details as they become available.


  1. I taught Anderson Gopaul and was sickened to learn about his tragic demise. He was a treasure to all who knew him - always smiling - friendly - and ever loving.

    His sister Jessica graduated from the school this year and she was equally as beautiful a person. She often collected items for the office from the teachers in the school. She would always present herself with a beautiful smile.

    Both Anderson and Jessica will be missed, but they will always be remembered in my heart.

    God Bless their souls and the souls of their other siblings.

  2. Thanks for your comment. What school did they attend?

    If you'd like to share your memories of Anderson and Jessica for the next issue of the Norwood News, please send us your contact information or call us at 718-324-4998.

  3. They both attened Public School 197 in Harlem - located on 135th Street and Thurgood Marshall Academy also located in Harlem.

  4. Again, thanks for your comment. We're really hoping you could provide us with a little more details about Anderson and Jessica. Please email us at norwoodnews@norwoodnews.org or call us at 718-324-4998. If you'd like to remain anonymous, we can accomodate you. We'd like to celebrate their lives, which were cut short by this tragedy and we need to talk with people who knew them. Thanks for your help.

  5. jessica wnet to my new school for summer school this year at school when we received the news we were all in tears...
    R.I.P jessica and the rest of her siblings who died
    and may God bless her and her family and friends

  6. Jessica was a very nice person I met her when she was coming to my skool in the summer. I used to have fun with her she was crazy (in a good way). She took the train with me and its sad that it had to be her.

    R.I.P to Jessica "Saphrina" "Funky Jess" "Sweetie" GoPaul

  7. Jessica a.k.a "Sweetie" Gopaul was in my class in the summer, she was sweet, funny, and unpredictable. she was the first person i noticed in the summer. when i heard what happened it was to much to bare before her pass i had gotten one last picture of her.


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