“Even though John couldn’t be there on Sunday, he was still the life of the party, Garden State Line lead singer Tam Garcia said afterwards. “We can hold our heads high, and, as John would say, ‘Recognize!’ We all came together, and we’re able to turn the light on in the dark.” Hailey Rose was 2-years-old when her father was killed in his Raritan Township home. Niko’s longtime friend Gary Passarelli, 39, of North Plainfield has been charged in the murder . Niko’s family and friends don’t want his daughter to forget her dad, and on Sept. 8 held an all-day, all-volunteer benefit filled with bands and comedy acts at the Dunellen Theater. Organizers reported the outcome. It’s was just the kind of event her dad would have loved to organize and attend, said decades-long family friend Anthony Delacruz. Niko, 35, was a managing partner at eSOZO Computer and Network Services in Flemington and a Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce award winner. Concerned co-workers called police when Niko didn’t arrive at work on May 31. The benefit concert was presented by Garden State Line and JackedCat Productions. JackedCat manager and producer Dave Pirrocco said, “We could not have asked for a better day. All the performers were amazing. The volunteers gave it their all and were a great bunch of people to work with. The sense of community displayed at this event was truly inspiring to everyone.” Garcia was thankful for “everyone’s love and support” at the fundraiser.
Concert brings flood of support for monsoon victims
advertisement Herman Cody sang traditional songs and performed side by side with his niece Radmilla. She has often said her uncle is a big inspiration for her music. Comedians Tsosie and Harvey made the audience erupt in laughter, as each comedian performed his own half-hour comedy routines and brought more fun to the event. “I appreciate all of you coming here today, thank you for bringing food for our people in need,” Harvey said near the end of his skit. Musician Darrin Yazzie of Chinle, Ariz., aside from running sound, performed three acoustic songs and told the audience he has friends and family who were affected by the floods back in Chinle. “This is like an all-star event, I’m happy to be a part of it,” said Yazzie on stage. Ending the night was Radmilla Cody, who performed with Yazzie, singing and showing her support for the victims and the people who attended the concert. “I thank you all for having that compassion and love for our people,” Cody said at the end of her performance. “This is a time where we are about coming together as a people,” added Cody. “They’re strong and this storm will pass. This why we’re doing what we’re doing here tonight.” With the Window Rock concert being the start of the For the People Navajo Nation Flood Relief Concert series, Martin hopes to receive more donations for the Navajo families in need. As for the donations received, Martin’s next task will be getting the donations to the families in need.