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The Hawkeye May 2024
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Friends, family gather to honor life of alumnus

©HAWKEYE image credit: Photo courtesy of Zach Mccloskey and Brandon McKagen
Friends and family of Andrew Shehata released balloons at Edmonds beach on Friday evening as a way to say goodbye to Shehata and to honor him.

The memorial service for 2014 alumnus Andrew Shehata was held at St. Mary’s Coptic Orthodox Church to honor his life after he died last Friday in a hiking accident. Friends, family and members of the MTHS community gathered for his celebration of life at noon on Saturday, before his burial at 2 p.m. at Holyrood Catholic Cemetery in Shoreline.

See related story: Memorial service Saturday for alumnus killed in hiking accident

A slideshow with pictures of Shehata with family and friends played outside the main hall of the church, in the foyer, next to a wooden key crafted by the Terrace Key Club, of which Shehata was a member. Members of Key Club were invited to sign the gift, after engineering teacher James Wilson created it at school.

The service, open to the public, quickly filled and cars were redirected next door for extra parking. Andrew Shehata’s mother, Jaime Shehata, said she knew her family was aware of the love her son shared with his family and she was glad so many others knew too.

The service consisted of both Arabic and English-spoken prayers. Afterward, Andrew Shehata’s younger sister, senior Zanny Shehata shared her own words about her brother.

She said he is the best big brother ever and went on to share memories from their childhood and recently.

“I told my grandmother, before she passed away in February,” Zanny Shehata said, “that me and Andy were going to change the world. I see now that he already has.”

Andrew Shehata’s girlfriend of two years, Kayleen Turner, also spoke, along with her younger sister.

Turner said meeting Shehata at Target, where he worked, was the best thing that ever happened to her. It was love at first sight, she said and constant communication immediately ensued between the two.

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Turner’s younger sister read from a letter their father wrote for Shehata that said he loved Shehata like a son for the way he treated Turner as a boyfriend as well as her younger sister, as the “big brother she never had.”

Following the service, members of Shehata’s family and Turner met with attendees who gave their condolences.


Do you have any memories of Andrew Shehata that you would like to share? If so, comment below or email ed****@th********.org.

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Stephi Smith is one of the co-Editors-in-Chief of the Hawkeye. Her official title is Executive Editor. This is Stephi’s fourth year on the Hawkeye. Last year, she created a Hawkeye Snapchat account with the hopes of advancing the organization’s coverage of online and social media reporting. Prior to serving as Editor, she was the News Editor her junior year and Copy Editor her sophomore year, as well as taking the lead on the Crime and Police beat. During her sophomore year, she attended the JEA National Convention in Washington, D.C. where she learned she wanted to be a journalist. Since then, she’s fallen in love with reporting and reported on many different kinds of stories, from School Board meetings to sexual assault on campus. Next year, Stephi will be attending the University of Missouri with a major in Journalism. As a career, she hopes to report on either crime, government and politics or education.
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