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Community Rallies in Support of Drowned Teenager's Family

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CAMBRIDGE, Md.- A family friend of Nathan Smullen, the teenager who drowned in the Choptank River last Wednesday, has started a fund to help pay for his funeral.

Patti Brohawn's son was a student at South Dorchester High School with Nathan. She said she knew she had to do something.

"About two days after he passed, I just woke up in the morning and realized it had to be done.  And so I started calling some family friends and everyone was very supportive," Brohawn said.

Browhawn now has a goal: to pay for Nathan's funeral.

"We knew the need was there.  So it started off small and it just keeps growing and growing and growing.  So we're going try to raise enough money to cover the funeral cost," she said.

Nathan's grandfather Charles Smullen, who had taken care of him for several years, said the community's outpouring of support has been amazing.

"It's amazing how much outpouring of support there is from the community that's really stepped up and helped us through this nightmare," Smullen said.

A benefit dance in memory of Nathan will be held at the Moose lodge in Cambridge on Oct. 19.  All money raised, including the $10 entry fee, will go toward the funeral.

If you would like to assist in any way, Brohawn said you can send a donation directly to the Newcomb and Collins Funeral Home, noting that it is for Nathan Smullen. 

Brohawn says she can also be reached by email at

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