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U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick has died after being injured when Trump supporters rioted and raided the Capitol building. USA TODAY

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A GoFundMe page has been set up for the family of U.S. Capitol Police officer and South River native Brian Sicknick, who died Thursday from injuries suffered in the Washington, D.C., riot and in his honor, Gov. Phil Murphy ordered all flags lowered to half-staff on Monday. 

Sicknick, 42, who served in the New Jersey Air National Guard, was one of five people to die in Wednesday's attack on the U.S. Capitol building. An officer with the U.S. Capitol Police since 2008, Sicknick served most recently in the First Responder Unit.

Police have not confirmed the circumstances of Sicknick's death.

Murphy orders flags lowered

In a statement Saturday on Twitter, Gov. Phil Murphy said, "Today, I am ordering that all U.S. and New Jersey flags be flown at half-staff on Monday, Jan 11, 2021 in honor of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick of South River, who died following injuries sustained while defending the U.S. Capitol from violent insurrectionists."

According to two law enforcement officers who spoke to The Associated Press, Sicknick was struck on the head with a fire extinguisher. He collapsed after returning to the office and was taken to a hospital, where he died. His death is being investigated as a homicide, federal prosecutors said. 

GoFundMe page launched

A GoFundMe page — Officer Brian D. Sicknick Memorial — was created Friday by Lindsey Taylor.

According to the page, "This GoFundMe page was created on behalf of Brian's family and is being managed by a USCP officer that served with Officer Sicknick." 

"Donations received are going directly to the family of Officer Brian Sicknick and will be used in whatever way the family needs," according to the page. 

By about 2 p.m. Saturday, $234,376 had been donated to the fund and donations continued to pour in.    

According to the page, "Officer Sicknick shared a passion for the outdoors and became a member of the mountain bike unit with Capitol Police, patrolling the grounds daily. His fellow officers remember him as someone they could always count on to be there and also could always bring a smile or laugh to them. There are no words to describe the loss of Officer Brian Sicknick. He will forever be remembered for his bravery and service to our country as a member of the military and a United States Capitol Police Officer."   

In a post on the page Saturday, Taylor thanked everyone who has donated thus far.

"It is extremely heartwarming to see this response and myself as well as the other officers of the USCP send our sincerest gratitude for helping us raise these funds. Officer Sicknick's family is truly overwhelmed by all the support. We ask that you continue to share this page and we will continue to raise the goal to raise as much as possible," Taylor wrote.

She later wrote that "I wanted to thank everyone who is reaching out to me. I have received numerous questions and understand everyone's concern regarding the validity of this GoFundMe. Please be aware this is the only legitimate GoFundMe for Officer Sicknick and was created after receiving approval from his family. We have been working tirelessly to report other campaigns that are fraudulent and have successfully been able to remove them." 

Sicknick was NJ  native

Sicknick lived in Springfield, Virginia, according to public records, but his death was felt in his hometown of South River, where he was remembered as someone who had a private persona; rescued dachshunds; prized relaxing at home, watching movies and his favorite comedian, Jim Norton; and loved the New Jersey Devils.

READ: Murphy orders flags at half-staff to honor Brian Sicknick, officer killed in Capitol riots

He attended Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools’ East Brunswick Campus, where he concentrated on electronics and expressed an interest in becoming a police officer, before graduating in June 1997, Superintendent Dianne D. Veilleux said.

U.S. Capitol Police also identified military veteran Ashli Babbitt as the woman who was shot Wednesday in the riot inside the Capitol.

READ: NJ hometown 'in shock' after Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick dies in D.C. riot

"As protesters were forcing their way toward the House Chamber where Members of Congress were sheltering in place, a sworn (U.S. Capitol Police) employee discharged their service weapon, striking an adult female," police said in a statement Thursday. "Medical assistance was rendered immediately, and the female was transported to the hospital where she later succumbed to her injuries. She has been identified as Ashli Babbitt."

Three other people also died Wednesday, from medical emergencies. They were Benjamin Phillips, 50, from Ri, Pennsylvania; Kevin Greeson, 55, from Athens, Alabama; and Rosanne Boyland, 34, from Kennesaw, Georgia, District of Columbia police Chief Robert Contee III said in a news conference Thursday.

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Susan Loyer covers Middlesex County and more for MyCentralJersey.com. To get unlimited access to her work, please subscribe or activate your digital account today. 

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