Community gathers for victims injured in Bellmawr electric shock incident

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November 4, 2013 8:59:18 PM PST
In Bellmawr, New Jersey, a community came together Monday night to offer support to three people who were nearly electrocuted.

Family and friends gathered on the 900 block of Alcyon Drive for a candlelight vigil for 18-year-old Selena Walker, 63-year-old Julio "Papi" Figueroa and 67-year-old Frank Coberg, more than 24 hours after the three were nearly electrocuted Sunday.

"When there's tough times, we all stick together. So everybody is praying for Frank, Papi, Selena," neighbor Diane Kelly said.

Witnesses say the boyfriend of Walker's mother threw a set of car keys on the roof of nearby Bellmawr Manor after an argument.

Walker and her two neighbors grabbed a metal ladder and were holding on to it when it touched a power line.

Walker's mother, Betsy Colon, who watched her go down says she's on life support and could have brain damage.

She attends Triton Regional High where students and teachers wrote a lot of messages of support for the senior.

Colon was too upset to speak about her daughter on camera but spoke about Figueroa who is expected to survive.

"He's an amazing guy. He was there to help me; it's breaking me," Colon said.

"He gets hyper when we get there, when he hears our voices, so we have to leave out the room," victim's son Alex Figueroa said.

Coberg, the third victim, was actually on the ladder.

The husband and father is also not doing well which is why it was important for his neighbors to come together and pray.

Walker's mother says she has dreams of becoming a Marine like her father who passed away a few months ago.

All three victims were taken to Cooper University Hospital.


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