We are sad to learn we have lost one of our own.
Last Sunday, Rijad Pasagic passed away during basketball practice after suffering a cardiac episode. He was only 17.
Rijad was not a contributor to the blog. His contribution to our group was a unique sense of humor as well as a perspective that spoke to his circumstances as an irreligious young man among a very Muslim community in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Rijad shared with us his dreams of overcoming the squalor of his upbringing and immigrating to America. A large man, he intended to become a professional fighter or trainer. As bright as he was athletic, there is no doubt he would have accomplished these things.
Even at so young an age, Rijad made an impression on people worldwide, on many of us here at TRS.
You will be missed.