MAHWAH — Thousands of dollars have been raised for the baby daughter of a young mother who died after taking a fentanyl-laced painkiller, according to her family.
Olivia Sybesma, 19, died unexpectedly on Aug. 30, leaving behind her 11-month-old daughter, Layla Rose, according to a GoFundMe organized by Alyssa Adler.
Marlaina Sybesma told the Daily Voice that her daughter had taken a Percocet that was unknowingly laced with fentanyl.
The grieving mother shared the report on Facebook to a local group Pascack Valley Online Garage Sale, writing of the deadly pill, “The person who sold her this lives in Hillsdale.”
“Please talk to your children,” she added.
“She had such a passion for helping people, with a goal in mind of becoming a nurse someday. But her greatest passion was the love of her life, her daughter Layla Rose,"
according to the 19-year-old's obituary.
Born in Ridgewood, she was a graduate of Mahwah High School, where Olivia had been part of marching band and the basketball team.
She is survived by her daughter, her parents, siblings, other relatives and a fiancé.
Visitation hours were planned for Tuesday afternoon at Vander Plaat-Vermeulen Memorial Home in Franklin Lakes, ahead of a funeral service on Wednesday at Rockpoint Community Church in North Haledon.
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These are the best hiking spots in New Jersey
A trip to New Jersey doesn't have to be all about the beach. Our state has some incredible trails, waterfalls, and lakes to enjoy.
From the Pine Barrens to the Appalachian Trail to the hidden gems of New Jersey, you have plenty of options for a great hike. Hiking is such a great way to spend time outdoors and enjoy nature, plus it's a great workout.
Before you go out on the trails and explore some of our listeners' suggestions, I have some tips on hiking etiquette from the American Hiking Society.
If you are going downhill and run into an uphill hiker, step to the side and give the uphill hiker space. A hiker going uphill has the right of way unless they stop to catch their breath.
Always stay on the trail, you may see side paths, unless they are marked as an official trail, steer clear of them. By going off-trail you may cause damage to the ecosystems around the trail, the plants, and wildlife that live there.
You also do not want to disturb the wildlife you encounter, just keep your distance from the wildlife and continue hiking.
Bicyclists should yield to hikers and horses. Hikers should also yield to horses, but I’m not sure how many horses you will encounter on the trails in New Jersey.
If you are thinking of bringing your dog on your hike, they should be leashed, and make sure to clean up all pet waste.
Lastly, be mindful of the weather, if the trail is too muddy, it's probably best to save your hike for another day.
I asked our listeners for their suggestions of the best hiking spots in New Jersey, check out their suggestions:
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