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April 18, 2006

Senior Helen Alemu passes away

by Devon Madison, Online Entertainment Editor
Senior Helen Alemu died yesterday morning due to what is thought to be trauma to the head after a fall, according to an announcement made today.

Alemu's parents are not sure of the cause of her death, but they have been led to assume that she had a seizure, according to Assistant Principal Linda Wanner. "My understanding is that she had a seizure, causing her to fall and hit her head," she said. "Her family found her in the shower, and the trauma caused her sudden death."

Alemu was an ESOL student who was planning to take a fifth year at Blair to graduate high school.

According to her calculus teacher, Peter Engelmann, Alemu was a great student and person. "She was very polite and always helpful," he said. "She even helped another student in the class who was having trouble understanding the material."

"Alemu was well-loved by everybody," Wanner said. "She was very quiet and very sweet. [She] was Ethiopian, and the community was very close, so obviously everybody in the community is upset about it."

During the day, students were encouraged to see a counselor to talk about Alemu's death, and a large poster was hung outside the SAC for students to write on.

The memorial service and funeral have yet to be determined.



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  • LayDee SnoOk aka ReNeLLe (View Email) on April 18, 2006 at 5:54 PM
    May yOuR SouL ResT iiN PeaCe...yOu aRe iiN a BeTTeR PlaCe Now...
  • anon on April 18, 2006 at 6:55 PM
    rest in peace, and i pray your family finds peace and comfort in this terrible time.
  • sigh on April 18, 2006 at 7:11 PM
    how sad
  • on April 18, 2006 at 7:15 PM
    It is a tragedy everytime life ends at such a young age. My heart goes out to her friends and family.
  • <3 on April 18, 2006 at 7:28 PM
    RIP
  • junior on April 18, 2006 at 8:00 PM
    my thoughts go to her family and loving friends. i hope she finds peace...
  • ='( on April 18, 2006 at 8:11 PM
    My condolences go out to Helen's friends and family. May you rest in peace.
  • To all people who knew her on April 18, 2006 at 8:28 PM
    I had the great pleasure of knowing Helen from a long time relationship that I cherished for so long. I not only thought of her as one of my students but also as one of the most courageous in her will to strive for excellence. I have been even moved by her amazing intellect and dedication to all that she has done. I never would want this to happen but especially to someone who had the potential to do amazing things as she did. I only have come to the conclusion now that we will never see her again, but in our heart and in our dreams we will always remember Ms. Alemu. My heart goes out to all of those who knew her and especially to her parents who cared so much about her.
    Thank You for your courage and your friendship.
  • :( on April 18, 2006 at 8:35 PM
    everyone is thinking about you and your family, im so sorry
  • Meron A. on April 18, 2006 at 10:45 PM
    Helen was a great friend. we all know that she is in a better place. R.I.P
    we all are goin 2 miss her!
  • <3<3<3<3<3 on April 19, 2006 at 7:46 AM
    RIP.. u will be missed
  • student on April 19, 2006 at 10:24 AM
    i don't know helen but i think it's really sad and my heart goes out to her family..RIP
  • SHiSH KaBOB on April 19, 2006 at 11:10 AM
    yo my heart goes out to you. that incident shouldn't have happened, especially at such an early age. Rest In Peace!
  • B (View Email) on April 19, 2006 at 12:18 PM
    REST IN PEACE
    although your life had to end at such a young age, you are in a better place now.
  • Corrie on April 19, 2006 at 2:58 PM
    How unfortunate! It is too bad for her to die at such a young age.
  • Michael Bushnell (View Email) on April 19, 2006 at 4:50 PM
    Lets hope that the school and Silver Chips gives Helen the same respect and treatment in the days ahead that they gave Andrew Helgeson last year.
  • Michael Bushnell (View Email) on April 19, 2006 at 4:51 PM
    And also, its crazy; we think we're invincible and then something like this comes along. It's beyond scary and I just feel horrible for her family.
  • Anonymous on April 19, 2006 at 7:30 PM
    Mourner's Kaddish, said in synagogues when a loved one or any member of the community, Jewish or not, has passed away:

    May G-d's name be exalted and hawllowed throughout the world that He created, as is G-d's wish. May G-d's sovereignty soon by accepted during our life. And let us say Amen


    May G-d's great name be praised for all time.

    Let there be abundant peace from heaven, with life's goodness. Let he who brings peace to the universe bring peace to all of us. And let us say, Amen

    No one should be taken from this world at such a young age. NO ONE!!! And in this fast-paced world we live in, where true love is something rare, It's important to realize how much love matters, and how much teh people we love really matter to us.

    I hope you lived a great life Helen. I hope that you were able to rach your end at knowing that you were able to solve what conflicts arose in your life, knowing that you gave strength to others, knowing that in your self-confident way, that you brightened up our world...

    They say that we all have a mission on this Earth, and if by some chance, we fail at it, or miss it, or are taken from the world too early, then G-d will give us another chance.

    May you, Helen, be able to build your own destiny, where ever you are....

    WE'LL MISS YOU!!
  • jmh on April 19, 2006 at 8:19 PM
    RIP.
  • student on April 19, 2006 at 11:00 PM
    helen was such a great person. when i was alone in some clubs we were in togethere she would say hi or sit and jus be nice. in the halls we would always say hi to each other. it is sad i didnt get to know her better than i did but i thank god for letting me know such an extrodinary girl like her. it is sad how someones life can get cut short. no one can prodict it so live your life fully.

    HELEN YOU WILL BE MISSED BUT AT LEAST YOUR IN A BETTER PLACE NOW.

    I LOVE YOU AND R.I.P.

  • emebet (View Email) on April 20, 2006 at 6:42 AM
    she was like my sister and really close friends. i was suppose to call her over the spring break but i forgot. i realize how friendship is important after her death.it is just not fair for her to die with getting nothing from anybody but giving to everybody.
    god rest her in heaven.
  • emebet k. (View Email) on April 20, 2006 at 7:44 AM
    i dont know when to belive that she is died. i didn`t think some one like her would die at her age but maybe god is looking for people like her (a giving and kind).from now on i dont want have any close friends, if it is like this. R.I.P
    from your best friend emebet.
  • royalty on April 20, 2006 at 12:21 PM
    I didnt know the girl but I hate to see somebody die at such a young age. from what I read about her she was a smart girl with potential and determination. Coming here from a different country and being able to achieve so much is not easy. I hope her family can be comforted by the fact that she is with angles in heaven. And to her friends I know what it feels like to loose one and I hope that you can remember the good times and be happy instead of being sad about something that can't be changed.
  • =::[ on April 20, 2006 at 1:18 PM
    i may have not known Ms.Helen Alemu but its still very sad to see someone so young just leave us in such a way.My condolences go out to Helen's friends and family.I know its very hard to get over this sudden death but We all know helen is in a much better place now and we should be happy for her.*tear* =[
    Helen will be missed by us all.May she Rest In Peace and God Bless her family. <3

  • zee (View Email) on April 20, 2006 at 4:20 PM
    IAM REALLY SORRY!
    I never really new Helen but i have been frineds with her two brothers and i really wish the best for her.
  • .... on April 20, 2006 at 6:26 PM
    I send all my sympathy to Helen's family. Rest in peace.
  • wilson on April 20, 2006 at 8:37 PM
    Great person, nice and kind, RIP my friend now you are in a better place. my sympathy to her family and close friends.
  • liyu (View Email) on April 20, 2006 at 9:37 PM
    helen was such agreat ,quite and wonderfull person i ever meet.i am so sorry she left her familes and us so early before we get to know her as a best friend .i relly miss her .even thogh your soul is in a good pleace and in real world now! life is short! all my ethiopian peoples its oky the one we are stile here should love each other as alway's .
  • meti on April 21, 2006 at 2:05 PM
    Helen was such a nice girl. we all going to miss helen forever. but she is in the right place right now.
    REST IN PEACE.
    we alove you so much.
  • junior on April 21, 2006 at 7:36 PM
    life is precious, valuable, and only comes once. We are so blessed to be alive and we need to live like we appreciate each other. Making it to the next day is not even guaranteed, the next breath that we take is not guaranteed. We know we have a Father in Heaven who we can turn to when times get rough in our lives, if we, his people, call out to him, he will listen and provide. I will pray for Helen's family and friends and that God will comfort them in their time of deep sorrow. Love to all.
  • SENIOR on April 22, 2006 at 4:24 PM
    MY THOUGHTS GO OUT TO HER FAMILY AND FRIENDS. REST IN PEACE HELEN
  • senior (View Email) on April 23, 2006 at 1:53 AM
    my heart goes out to all affected. tears in a stranger's eyes just at the thought. im sorry
  • Senior on April 24, 2006 at 10:05 AM
    I just wanted to say that this is a very sad thing that I have heard this whole year. Helen Rest in peace and I prayed for your loved ones. I know that this is very hard for her and family to handle. My heart goes out to anyone that was affected by her passing away.
  • Mickey (View Email) on April 24, 2006 at 11:31 AM
    This was my student, and it was trauma to the head....so sad...sooo sad....There is a mom in the home and two brothers, so I know she had food and ate regularly.....be careful in the tub...put a mat or towel down when taking a shower......be careful entering and exiting a tub....more love and prayer
  • Melat (springbrook high school (View Email) on April 24, 2006 at 11:50 AM
    helen is very nice and very smart girl she is blees
  • BD (View Email) on April 24, 2006 at 1:17 PM
    It was so sad..but you are with your father in a better place REST and PEACE helen .
  • Sheryl (View Email) on April 25, 2006 at 9:48 PM
    Rest in Peace helen, you were a very good friend and a beautiful girl. You will be sadly missed.
  • Senior Girl (View Email) on April 26, 2006 at 10:02 AM
    My heart goes out to her whole family. I know that it is a very tough time they are going though but i know they can pull through (Warm Wishes) * REST IN PEACE*
    You will NEVER be forgotten
  • Watermelon (View Email) on April 26, 2006 at 10:08 AM
    My HeaRt GoEs OuT To AlL! ( FaMily aNd FriEndS) anD YoU wIll Be MiSSed DeEpLy AND yoU Are In A BeTTer PlACE NoW! HoPE You WatCH OvER ME MUch LoVe!* Rest iN PeAcE*
  • crazygigglez on April 26, 2006 at 11:13 AM
    Rest in peace
  • on April 26, 2006 at 9:03 PM
    rip..
  • christinasuku (View Email) on April 27, 2006 at 9:10 AM
    We will miss you so much. I know you are happy whereever you are. One day we will all meet each other. My heart goes out to all family and friends.
  • alem adane (View Email) on May 1, 2006 at 11:19 AM
    she was nice and polite friend we had a great time when i was in blair but she passed i just want to say evry one in blair thankyou for your corporation .
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