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Friends and family remember the life of Jayden Naidoo

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“Jayden is a person who showed a genuine care for the people around him. He would always offer his help to everyone and everyone whether you were close or not. He always put his best effort in everything,” said senior Alicia Callejas.  

The Mustang community is grieving the loss of junior Jayden Naidoo who passed away on Dec. 22, 2017. His family and friends attended the funeral and wake the following Thursday. At his funeral, loved ones spoke of their favorite memories of Jayden.

Jayden’s father, Vernon Naidoo, remembers his kindness to his friends and family, especially towards his younger sister. “[He would] pick his sister from the bus stop. He [would] sometimes carry a banana for her, because she once complained that she was so hungry. He babysat her when [we] went out, and would entertain her by watching movies and playing board games,” he said.

 

His friends enjoyed the laughter he brought them when they would spend time together.  “Jayden was a funny, weird in a good way, caring kid that had so much love in his heart,” junior Angel Farnworth said.

Fellow yearbook staffer, Alicia Callejas recalls one of her favorite memories. “[One time] I wasn’t paying attention [while] he was trying his hardest to get my attention just so he knew that I heard him say hello. That honestly made my day and is probably my favorite memory of Jayden just because of the simplicity and kindness he always showed.”

Jayden touched many lives at Metea, including his English teacher, Karen Aigner. “[In the time that I knew him] it was very clear that he had a great sense of humor. He seemed to be very introverted and shy, [but] even though he was quieter, he was very brave,” Aigner said. “My favorite part of knowing him were his giant, sweet eyes. He had these very big, kind eyes. I think you saw a lot of who he was as a person in his eyes.”

In addition to yearbook, Jayden played on the volleyball team as a freshman. Some of his favorite interests were race cars, making music, photography, and hanging out with his sister and dog. He and his family frequently visited South Africa where most of his family lived to spend time with them.

He is survived by his parents, Vernon Naidoo and Anusha Ramdav, and his younger sister, Aryana Naidoo.

“Jayden was a very focused kid, he gave anything that he was interested in 100% effort. [He] was a sweet, kind and a loving soul. He cared a lot about people and friends. He was beautiful both inside and out,” Jayden’s father said.

Jayden’s family requested that all donations be made in his name to the Jason Foundation, an organization that works to end teen suicide and educate students about mental health. If you would like to donate in honor of Jayden and teens who have lost their lives to suicide you can donate here.

About the Writer
Zainie Qureshi, Metea Media Editor-in-Chief

This is Zainie’s third year on staff and she is Metea Media’s current Editor-in-Chief. Frankly, she loves too many things and is unable to list them all. Find her in the music hall, the news room, and tripping over her shoelaces on the way to class. Not to mention various other locations around the school, including the whiteboard of the band room and the floor of the tech shop, where her instagram/twitter handle (@crazyzainiee) is painted on the floor. She’s also the only one who finds her jokes amusing, but she’s okay with that.

21 Comments

21 Responses to “Friends and family remember the life of Jayden Naidoo”

  1. Im Sorry on January 17th, 2018 8:58 am

    im Truly sorry for the loss of everyone who knew and cared for jayden. May he rest in peace.

  2. Reality Doctor on January 17th, 2018 9:44 am

    Another thing Metea Media should be talking about because it means something that’s too hard to share in public.

  3. Killian Kenny on January 17th, 2018 10:06 am

    I heard of this happening. That sucks, hardcore

  4. Shreevallabh Damle on January 17th, 2018 3:22 pm

    I’m truly sorry for the loss of Jayden’s loved ones. May Jayden Rest In Peace.

  5. Ben Reeves on January 17th, 2018 7:10 pm

    Jay was a great person and friend, I didn’t know him well he was always there for support.

  6. Anon on January 17th, 2018 7:38 pm

    This article is great; but if this is all that Metea chooses to do to honor this beautiful soul then that is literally the biggest disgrace. There should be more than one measly article written to prevent this from occurring again. Metea you’re better than this.

  7. darkstripe on January 18th, 2018 8:19 am

    ^ have to agree with this person here

  8. Sushi Girl on January 18th, 2018 11:34 am

    I completely agree with you. Metea needs an official statement on the topic of his death. Jayden’s story needs to be heard.

  9. Lauren on January 19th, 2018 10:30 am

    I think the reason Metea hasn’t called an assembly, made an announcement, etc, is because his parents asked them not to and the school isn’t allowed to do something without express permission from the parents. I think Metea is just being respectful of parents in mourning after a sudden loss, and it shouldn’t be turned into something bigger; his family should be allowed to grieve before there son is turned into just a statistic for an assembly to talk about.

  10. Anusha Ramdav on February 7th, 2018 12:49 pm

    This is Jayden’s mum. Thank you to all that put this article together in memory of my beautiful son. A part of us is gone forever that can never be replaced, and we will grieve for Jayden for the rest of our lives.

    Based on us reading Jayden’s texts after his death, he was bullied by words from freshman year. My husband and I have met with Dr. Echols and given our 100% permission to Metea to talk about Jayden’s death. School is difficult, especially for children like Jayden that choose not to fight back. We cannot bare for this to happen to another child, and pray that Metea and other schools take a stance against this.

    I’ve read the comments on this thread. Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers.
    Anusha Ramdav

  11. Someone on January 19th, 2018 9:49 am

    I strongly agree with this.

  12. Patrick Pachciarz on March 2nd, 2018 5:52 pm

    My heart truly goes out to the Naidoo and Ramdav family. I simply can’t imagine. What a beautiful son.
    Thoughts and prayers,
    Patrick Pachciarz and family

  13. Sumesh Sundaresan on January 17th, 2018 7:46 pm

    I never knew him, but I wish I knew someone who could have been so genuine.
    Rest in Peace, Jayden.

  14. Anonymous on January 17th, 2018 8:33 pm

    I’m so sorry that he’s gone. I wish that I was lucky enough to know someone as kind and genuine as he was. May your soul rest in peace Jayden. We truly have lost a beautiful soul.

  15. Sanjay Gopta on January 17th, 2018 9:18 pm

    I knew him since 11th Grade. I remember he always brought me the sweets n snacks. We friends always fought for the takis.He put the takis on the table and we tackled each other for the long savory spicy stick of memories. It’s sad and I hope he has a good trip.

  16. abbey borden on January 18th, 2018 11:30 am

    I am truly sorry to all who knew and loved Jayden. I think the school could have, and should have, done more about this issue. This is an opportunity to educate students on mental health and spread awareness to suicide.

  17. Sushi Girl on January 18th, 2018 11:33 am

    I’m angry that he had to pass this way because I don’t think this school talked enough about his death. Many of my friends didn’t even know that he passed until well after his death. Jayden is greatly missed, and I’m saddened by his sudden passing. I hope he’s in a better place now.

  18. Zaya Battsogt on January 18th, 2018 6:33 pm

    I knew Jayden when he was a kid. He’s one of my close childhood friends. Jayden lived next to my old house, and we played together practically everyday. I remember we always rode our bikes and played video games and soccer. One time, we accidentally scared a mother rabbit away from her babies and Jayden tried to get her back. Our little sisters were the same age, so they would play together too. We both moved out of our neighborhood, and I hoped one day we could reunite again in Metea. Unfortunately, that day never came, and it saddens me to hear about this now. I have so many fun memories with him that I will never forget. I send my deepest condolences to his family who were always super nice to me. May you rest in peace, Jayden.

  19. Lisa Baumgardner on January 20th, 2018 12:57 pm

    A sophomore from Neuqua Valley took his own life during winter break. High school kids need to be educated on what as signs to look for if this is not already part of health curriculum. It is very sad that two young men are gone and it could have been prevented.

  20. Hello on January 24th, 2018 8:59 pm

    Rest easy Jayden. I’m so sorry you’re gone.

  21. Jayden's Dad on February 7th, 2018 12:37 pm

    I took the liberty of posting up some videos of Jayden on YouTube – feel free to view them and comment.
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKL4Tt7XJxl-G7we9MpO4fw

    Please remember Jayden for the sweet fun loving kid he was. He was my pride and joy. I loved him more than life itself. I only wish he knew that.

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