Funeral Services Being Held for Mom and Son who Died in Boonton


BOONTON — Funeral Services for Mrs. Warda B. Syed and Uzair Ahmed will be held on Friday, February 26 at 1:00 p.m. at Jam E. Masjid Islamic Center (JMIC), 110 Harrison Street, Boonton.

Those who want to join, please wear masks and keep a social distance. Due to COVID-19, we expect the services will be outdoor. Also, anticipate some street closings around the area.

The family has asked for privacy and requested prayers.

The body of Warda Syed and her son, Uzair Ahmed, were recovered from the Upper Pond section of Grace Lord Park in Boonton around 6:40 p.m. Tuesday, Acting Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll said.

The 35-year-old Morris County mother found drowned with her 11-year-old son in a Boonton pond had suffered a trio of recent tragedies.

Syed, a substitute teacher in the Boonton school district, rented an apartment from the cousin of Dr. Abdul Raja, who says the family had been struggling after her husband was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer.

Meanwhile, Syed’s brother died of COVID-19 about two weeks ago while her sister, a doctor in Pakistan, died from the virus three days ago, a source close to Morris Focus disclosed.

However, Raja believes that Syed’s death was accidental and not self-inflicted.

“The detective said she did all the shopping — food, groceries, hair color, everything — and he said when people commit suicide, they don’t do all these things,” according to a source.

The ongoing investigation is being led by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, the Boonton Police Department Detective Bureau, and the Boonton Fire Department Swiftwater Rescue Team.