College student from N.J. killed in Ohio shooting remembered as ‘light in everyone’s life’

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A former New Jersey high school football player shot to death early Sunday near Ohio State University is being remembered as a “light” in the lives of those who knew him.

Chase Meola is shown in a 2015 photo while playing football for Mahwah High School. Meola, 23, was killed Sunday in a shooting near Ohio State University, where he was a student.

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Chase Meola is shown in a 2015 photo while playing football for Mahwah High School. Meola, 23, was killed Sunday in a shooting near Ohio State University, where he was a student.

Chase Meola, 23, a Mahwah native and fifth-year marketing major at Ohio State, was gunned down as he was leaving a party, officials said.

“He was always very outgoing. He’s from New Jersey, so he definitely had that loud, outgoing personality,” friend Ashley McCartney told Ohio television station 10 WBNS.

A GoFundMe set up to pay for funeral costs had already exceeded its $50,000 goal by Monday afternoon.

“He was light in everyone’s life and will be dearly missed by those he touched,” organizers wrote. The organizers, identified as friends of Meola’s, did not respond to a request for comment.

Meola, once a star football player for the Mahwah High School Thunderbirds, was earning an MBA, his LinkedIn said, with a goal of working on Wall Street.

“The Ohio State University community is in mourning, and our deepest condolences and support go to the family and friends of Chase,” the university said in a statement.

Meola was leaving a party around 2 a.m. on Sunday when an “altercation occurred outside,” university officials said. Meola was shot in an alley near the party and pronounced dead at the scene.

Kintie Mitchell Jr., 18, of Columbus, has been charged with murder. His first court date is on Tuesday, WCMH 4 reported.

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Former N.J. high school football player killed in shooting at Ohio university

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A former high school football standout from New Jersey was shot and killed in an Ohio alleyway early Sunday morning, authorities there said.

Chase Meola, 23, a Mahwah native studying at the Ohio State University, was found by police responding to reports of a shooting in an alleyway in Columbus.

“Officers arrived to find a victim with a gunshot wound, who was pronounced deceased at the scene,” the university’s public safety department said in a statement.

The department said Columbus police were interviewing “persons of interest” and had already charged one suspect.

Columbus police said Kintie Lanod Mitchell Jr., 18, of Columbus was charged with murder. It was unclear whether he had an attorney. Media reports indicate he had previously been arrested on burglary charges.

Authorities said the shooting followed a dispute outside “a house party in the area,” but provided no other details.

“The Ohio State University community is in mourning, and our deepest condolences and support go to the family and friends of Chase,” the university said.

Meola was a member of the Mahwah High School Thunderbirds, who in 2015 won the school’s first sectional title in 34 years.

A student in the university’s Fisher School of Business, the Bergen County native said on his LinkedIn profile he aspired to be a financial analyst.

“Wall Street is where I would like to see my self in the near future. Ohio State was a great place for me learn and perfect all my skills,” he wrote.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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Legacy of Grace Rett, Holy Cross student killed in crash, to live on through athletic and education center

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Everything Grace Rett did in life was rooted in the Our Lady of the Valley Regional School, and Grace did a lot, from breaking a world record in rowing to signing and playing cello at church and going on adventures with her younger sister.

“Just from the minute she got here she loved school, the teachers … it’s like a magical place. It’s full of love and she was so well educated, so well prepared for high school and beyond, and her faith was nurtured,” Grace’s mother Mary Jo Rett recalled Wednesday, sitting with her family in the small Central Massachusetts school that made such a lasting impact for her daughter.

Grace attended Our Lady of the Valley in her hometown of Uxbridge from kindergarten through her eighth-grade graduation. Though the school shaped Grace into a woman with big ambitions, there was one thing missing: a gymnasium for basketball.

Now, about nine months since Grace’s life ended too soon, the Rett family is finding the strength to get up every day with memories of Grace and a mission to raise $1 million so that a state-of-the-art athletics and education facility can be built and named in Grace’s memory.

Everything changed for the Rett family on Jan. 15. Grace had just celebrated her 20th birthday the day before and was doing what she loved, getting ready to row with her College of the Holy Cross teammates. The women’s rowing team was in Florida for winter training ahead of the competitive season.

A van carrying Grace and a portion of the teammates turned left into an intersection in Vero Beach, slamming into a pickup truck. Holy Cross’ former rowing coach, Patrick Diggins, was driving. Grace succumbed to her injuries as several teammates were also injured in the collision. In February, Diggins retired


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Jupiter Killed Earth-Like Environment On Hellish Planet

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  • Jupiter’s early gravitational pull may have killed Venus’ habitable surrounding
  • Venus has extreme temperatures that can kill any form of life
  • The case on Venus serves as a warning for Earth to avoid a similar temperature rise

Venus would have been capable of hosting life similar to Earth if not only for Jupiter’s interference in its planetary motion. The planet, named after the Roman goddess of love and beauty, was thrown off by the largest planet in our solar system from its original orbit around the sun.

The planet, also dubbed as Earth’s twin, was not as hostile to life forms as to how it is today, if not for Jupiter’s behavior in the solar system, according to a study published in the Planetary Science Journal. The study said Jupiter changed its planetary course, moving closer and then away again from the sun. Since it is a huge planet, about two-and-a-half of all planets combined, its gravitational pull killed Venus’ supposed friendlier environment. 

“As Jupiter migrated, Venus would have gone through dramatic changes in climate, heating up then cooling off and increasingly losing its water into the atmosphere,” Stephen Kane, an astrobiologist from the University of California, Riverside, said in a press release. 

The study is significant as it poses a warning for Earth to avoid a similar rise in temperature that could, in turn, make it inhabitable like Venus.   

“I focus on the differences between Venus and Earth, and what went wrong for Venus, so we can gain insight into how the Earth is habitable, and what we can do to shepherd this planet as best we can,” Kane added in the press release.  

Venus has become the inhabitable planet it is today because of its position as the second planet closest to the sun. It now