Parents to Accept Degree for KSU Student Killed in Crash

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KENT, Ohio — Family members of Joseph “JJ” Marino will accept his degree at Kent State University’s commencement Saturday.

The Parma native was killed in a car crash in Alabama in March. Marino, 23, was a passenger in a 2001 Ford Escape that collided with a 2002 Freightliner on Interstate 65. Authorities say he was ejected from the vehicle.

Marino’s cousin and godmother posted the news on a Facebook page created in JJ’s memory:

“Over the past month, you each have shared and prayed for us during our saddest days as we mourn the loss of our son, brother and godson, JJ Marino. It seems only right to share our good days with you. We just learned that Kent State University will award JJ’s college diploma on Saturday, May 11th during its 1:00 p.m. commencement. JJ’s Mom and Dad will accept the degree that J.J. earned. As we always do, our family will be there with Jage on this most important day. Words cannot express our gratitude to the entire KSU family for this honor. Congratulations J.J. You have made us so proud … once again.”

Marino was a senior accounting major and a 2008 graduate of Padua Franciscan High School in Parma.

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