Abshir Hassan: The Family Man and Community Hero

09 Jul, 2014

31 year old Abshir Hassan was senselessly murdered on July 8th, 2014. This article is a reflection on his life and describes the way I truly feel about him.

By: Yusuf Abubakar

To many he was a beloved teacher and upstanding citizen who was heavily involved in the community in order to help others. He was technically my cousin, but that would insult the relationship we shared. He was my older brother. Someone I could talk to about anything, anytime and he always cared. If you spoke to him or knew him then you know he had the ability to make you feel special and important. It was one of his many traits. He had all the traits you’d look for in a person.

My mind hasn’t processed what happened. I am still shocked and saddened by everything. But rather than focus on that I want to take the positive out of this situation. Friday July 4th, we had family dinner and it was a great time. Everyone was happy, laughing and enjoying themselves. I’m truly blessed that I got to spend that evening with him. He always wanted to be a teacher, and he got to fulfill that. He wanted to pursue an education, he accomplished that. He is known for always wanting to bring family together, and this tragic situation brought everyone together which is another accomplishment. All his hard work as a teacher, community member and volunteer is being discussed which sheds some light in a dark situation.

The media has done a great job at depicting Abshir for who he truly was. He was a humble, honest, respectful person who wanted the best for everyone around him. He wanted to help any way he could and he always made an effort to. I also appreciate the kind words by Lawrence Heights middle school Principal David deBelle. He was honest, sincere and genuine in his media conference and I’m glad that he has fond memories of Abshir. I would also like to thank the students who spoke up about how great of a teacher he was. You have all done a fantastic job at telling his side of the story. I also want to thank everyone who contacted me or the family with your kind and uplifting words. We all deeply appreciate it and thank you for it. I truly support the Toronto Police and hope they can bring justice to this senseless killing.

Photo courtesy of Yusuf Abubakar

Photo courtesy of Yusuf Abubakar

To everyone who did not know Abshir or do not have enough information about Abshir or who he was, understand that this was not a targeted killing. He was just at the wrong place at the wrong time. He was respected and loved by many. Everyone he had some form of relationship with, whether personal or professional, have positive words to say about him. This reassures me that he did not live in vain. He accomplished something on this earth and set an example of how we all should strive to be. Be kind to everyone, help when possible and remain positive through it all.

He had a quote that he would post and it does an amazing job at describing his character and who he was; “Someday everything will make perfect sense. So, for now, laugh at the confusion, smile through the tears and keep reminding yourself that everything happens for a reason”

I was blessed and fortunate to have you as my older brother, role model and mentor. I’m blessed that we were as close as we were and that I was able to spend time with you in what would eventually become your final days. All the memories we shared will never be forgotten. You gave me a blueprint on how to live my life and conduct myself. It will stick with me for the remainder of my life. For now, this isn’t goodbye, this is just a “see you later”. Love you big brother.

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