Funeral service Monday for New Milford H.S. student Clinton Ajit

NEW MILFORD — A funeral service for the 18-year-old New Milford High School senior who died Friday in Hardcastle Pond will be held Monday.

Clinten Ajit went into the pond to retrieve a soccer ball for kids playing nearby and never resurfaced, according to eyewitnesses. 

Emergency workers recovered Ajit’s body about three hours after a 7:15 p.m. 911 call to police that said someone went swimming in the borough-owned Dorchester Lane pond but hadn’t resurfaced. 

A funeral will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at Westwood Cemetery on Kinderkamack Road. A viewing was held Sunday afternoon at St. Peter’s Mar Thoma Church in Washington Township.

A GoFundMe for the family raised over $50,000 as of Sunday morning. 

Clinten Ajit

The high school will be operating on a two-hour delay Monday morning. Ajit played high school soccer and was in the school marching band. 

New Milford schools superintendent Danielle Shanley sent a letter to borough families on Saturday that said the district would have on standby a “team of highly skilled professionals trained to help with the needs of students, families and school personnel” when school reopens Monday.