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Family, Community Stunned By Death Of Long Island High School Senior

Ward Melville High School (credit: threevillagecsd.org)

Ward Melville High School (credit: threevillagecsd.org)

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EAST SETAUKET, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Family and friends are mourning the tragic death of a high school senior on Long Island.

As WCBS 880’s Mike Xirinachs reported, Matthew Grimaldi was described by loved ones as a tremendous, outgoing young man — smart and courteous.

The 18-year-old Ward Melville High School student died Sunday after falling from steep bluffs in Wading River and being impaled on a tree stump.

Grimaldi’s twin brother John and others with him at the time of the fall were unable to save him.

School officials released a statement expressing sadness during such a difficult time, Xirinachs reported.

The school said grief councilors were made available Tuesday to help students and teachers come to grips with the sudden tragedy.

Grimaldi was set to graduate from Ward Melville next month. He was to attend Clarkson University.

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