Friend of teenager shot in Berkshire County park to host fundraiser

October 17, 2018 11:34 AM

NEW LEBANON -- The Berkshire County community continues to come together for a teenager who was shot at October Mountain State Forest back in August.

"He's super sweet," said fundraiser organizer Morgan Skidmore.

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Skidmore said her longtime friend Nick Carnevale, 19, has helped her through a lot.

"He's always been a really strong person, which a lot of people can see that now, because most people didn't think he was going to make it this far this quick -- but he has," said Skidmore.

Police said Carnevale was shot in the head twice while at a party near Ashley Reservoir in Washington, Massachusetts.

"I was a mess," said Skidmore about finding out it was Carnevale that had been shot. "I actually didn't do anything that day, I kind of just stayed in bed."

Three men have been charged in connection with the shooting, which was apparently over a girl. Skidmore said the entire community wanted to rally around Nick and his family.

"I think we all kind of started to think about it and we want to make a change for the better," said Skidmore. "We want to show people that aren't from around here that this isn't a bad place."

Carnevale's mother has been posting updates for the community on a GoFundMe page. Her most recent post said Nick is going to be undergoing several surgeries before he can go home. She said they're trying to prepare their home so it'll be accessible to him.

Skidmore said she wants to help ease the financial burden on the family. She's hosting a dine and donate event at M&M's Tap and Tavern in New Lebanon Wednesday night.

"To help raise money for all the expenses that they're going to have to pay and helping move toward him coming home," said Skidmore.

People dining at the restaurant or ordering take-out just have to tell the restaurant they're "Dining for Nick." A portion of the proceeds will then go toward the family. Skidmore said they'll also be selling #NickStrong apparel.

Skidmore said she has yet to see or talk to Carnevale since the shooting, but she often speaks with his mother. She said there is something she would want him to know.

"This is all me trying to give back all those times that he helped me through hard parts of my life," explained Skidmore. "That's all I'm trying to do, is repay him for the stuff he's done for me."

The fundraiser is from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday night. For more information on the family's GoFundMe page, click here.


Emily De Vito

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