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  • Writer's pictureKaren Brittingham-Edmond

Keansburg Mourns The Lost Of Titan Football Player Gregory Tutt Jr, 22 & Ka'shon Cross, 18 of Hazlet

Updated: Nov 24, 2023

Keansburg Titan's own young Gregory Tutt Jr. (Public Source FB)

Per a report from the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office written by Chris Swendeman on July 25, 2023, shares that "On Monday night, July 24, 2023, the Marlboro Township Police Department responded to Route 18 northbound near County Road 520 for a report of a motor vehicle crash. Upon arrival, officers discovered that the collision involved three motor vehicles and two motorcycles."

Kashon center standing with his parents, Mr. Frank Cross and Mrs Jenny Cross Hazlet, graduation 2023 (Picture Source Go Fund Me)

Per investigators, research at the scene of the accident found "a 2019 Hyundai Tucson, a 2017 Subaru Impreza, and a 2008 Mercedes-Benz 550 were the three vehicles involved in the crash, along with a 2005 Suzuki GSX and a 2001 Yamaha YZF motorcycle." Both motorcycle riders were unfortunately pronounced deceased on the scene. The driver of the Hyundai Tucson and their passenger were taken to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Young Gregory Tutt Jr. stands proudly with his father, Mr. Gregory Tutt, at Keansburg High School Graduate.

One of the young men who perished in that tragic motorcycle/car accident was Gregory Tutt Jr. Tutt Jr., a beloved Keansburg High School Football player and Home Depot employee, with his good friend Ka'shon Cross, a talented and skilled competitor, dirt bike racer, from Hazlet were adored by friends and family members. Per commentaries in local news articles and Facebook pages, young Gregory Tutt Jr. had a smile that could wipe a million tears away. And young Ka'shon Cross had a heart of gold. The future leadership possibilities for these two young men were endless.

Ka'shon stood proudly next to his father, Frank Cross, at one of his riding events when he was younger.

(Picture Public Source FB)

On a side note, Gregory Tutt Jr. is named after his dad, who was affectionately called King Tutt by his Gregory Elementary and Long Branch High School peers—Mr. Tutt lost his older brother Leroy Tutt in 2021. A motorbike ride in memory of Gregory Tutt Jr. will happen on Sunday, July 30, 2023, at 1:00 P.M. sharp. The meetup station will be Charles Ave Keansburg, N.J., per a Facebook announcement provided by Riley Hason, a good friend of Tutt Jr.

Preceding Tutt Jr.'s Sunday's Memorial Motorcycle Drive, Ka'shon's family and friends are invited to pay their respects on Saturday, July 29, from 9 A.M. to 12 P.M. at the Jacqueline M. Ryan Home for Funerals, 233 Carr Ave., Keansburg. Also preceding Sunday's Memorial Motorcycle Drive, young Gregory Tutt Jr. family and friends will gather Friday, July 28, at 7:30 P.M. on Baywalk West (Beachway Ave) in Keansburg (closer to Laurel Ave end of Beachway Ave.) Friends and family will have a candlelight/balloon release gathering for Gregory Tutt Jr. The family asks everyone to wear red, gold, or white to the uplifting, heartbreaking memorial.

Gregory Tutt Jr, pictured above with classmates styling and profiling as young people do on his trusted motorcycle before the tragic event occurred. Tutt Jr.'s funeral arrangements will be announced later by his immediate family. RIP, dear Tutt Jr. (Source FB Public)

The relaunched Echo deeply sympathizes with Gregory Tutt Jr. and Ka'shon Cross's passing. May everyone pray that the whole truth be told, and justice be given concerning these two young people whose lives were suddenly taken. Per additional news from the Monmouth County Prosecutors Office, A comprehensive investigation involving the

  • Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office,

  • Monmouth County Serious Collision Analysis Response Team, and

  • Marlboro Township Police Department is ongoing.

Persons or people who witnessed the fatal crash are asked to contact Detective Nicolas Logothetis at 1-800-533-7443 or Marlboro Township Police Officer Aaron Murdock at 732-536-0100.

Ka'shon Cross of Hazlet 2023 (Picture Source Public FB)


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