SCARSDALE, N.Y. – Hundreds of friends, family members and former classmates flocked to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Scarsdale on Thursday to mourn the death and celebrate the life of Eastchester native Nicholas DePippo, who passed away in Manhattan earlier this week.
The church’s spacious parking lot was full, and the streets surrounding it were lined with dozens of cars as Eastchester police officers directed traffic and helped herd the crowd to the front door of the church, which was overflowing with guests.
DePippo, 23, was a varsity football player at Eastchester High School who graduated in 2010. He died in the wee hours on Sunday morning while attempting to climb onto a railing near the New York-Presbyterian Hospital. While climbing up, reportedly to get a better view of the rising sun, he fell several feet to his death on a concrete jogging path at approximately 6 a.m.
DePippo, who worked as a lifeguard at Lake Isle before becoming a full-time student at the University of Massachusetts and Widener, played wideout and defensive back for the Eastchester football team during his time at the high school.
Eastchester Superintendent of Schools Walter Moran, who served as the middle school principal while DePippo attended, said that "the entire Eastchester School District family is very saddened by the death. His family is in our thoughts and prayers during this painful time."
“Our family is in shock and deeply saddened to hear about the untimely death of Nick,” family friend Daniel Liebersohn said. “He was a great young man, part of an amazing family, and there is no way to put the loss into words.”
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