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Family remembers 'exceptional' life of student who fell to death

Posted June 8, 2011
Updated June 9, 2011

— As friends and fellow students gather to remember a Raleigh Charter High School student who fell to his death last week, family members said Wednesday that they find comfort in the speech he was to have delivered at graduation.

Mehdy Hazheer, 18, was critically injured Friday night when he fell outside the school and hit his head on some bricks. He died two days later at WakeMed.

Mirahmad Hazheer said his son's sense of adventure led him to try and climb the side of the high school building, where seniors had gathered for a graduation-related event.

"I think that's what really happened, just pure accident," Hazheer said.

The younger Hazheer was a gifted student who earned A's in five Advanced Placement courses as a senior and who planned to attend Harvard University in the fall, family members said.

He was so humble, his mother said, that he didn't post news of his Harvard acceptance on his Facebook page for fear of making others who didn't get into the university feel bad.

"He was a very exceptional, unique child, just like an adult when he was a kid," cousin Neda Raheen said.

Mehdy Hazheer had been selected to speak at Raleigh Charter High's graduation last Saturday. One of his teachers delivered it in his absence.

The speech describes his dream of a united world, free from prejudice and hate.

"For me, the speech just solidified everything that he wanted," Raheen said.

Family members said Hazheer was a practicing Muslim who founded several organizations at his school aimed at respecting all religions. He made every decision prayerfully, they said.

Mehdy Hazheer Family remembers 'exceptional' life of student who fell to death

"Every religion's basis core is to be a good person, is to do good for others, and Mehdy did that," Raheen said.

"God is about love, love of humanity, love of each other, make the world a better place, make a difference," Mirahmad Hazheer said.

The speech was posted on Facebook, where people all over the world have read it in recent days.

"I hope that everybody would read about him and continue his dream," his father said.

Mehdy Hazheer's organs were donated after his death, and hospital officials told the family that he helped five other people.

"Mehdy was just beyond this world, and he's with God now," Raheen said.

A memorial service and burial is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Raleigh Memorial Park & Mitchell Funeral Home, at 7501 Glenwood Ave. Raleigh Charter High will hold a private memorial service at Longview Center, at 118 S. Person St., at 9:30 a.m. Friday.


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  • cooper2020 Jun 10, 2011

    As a close friend of Mehdy's let me say this. It angers me that people here are attacking this news outlet for bringing religion into the story. His friends and family requested that the news highlight his devotion to God because that is they type of person he was and how he would have liked to been remembered. Original news stories carried by other outlets failed to do justice to the life of my friend by not mentioning his devotion and love of God. So, please, stop with the hate and spread some love.

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  • sjb2k1 Jun 9, 2011

    So sad. Heartfelt thank you to the family for donating his organs. Everyone should be an organ donor. In death you can give others a new chance at life.

  • bigpinkstork Jun 9, 2011

    I hope this young man's parents will eventually remember his short life with joy. Right now, I'm sure they're so blindsided by pain that it's hard to think straight. And of course his religion matters, as does mine. I hope to be remembered as a "good Christian," and I would actually be hurt if no mention of my abiding faith came up when my loved ones talked of me.

  • wralfan Jun 9, 2011

    I don't even know this young man but his death and the recent rash of area youths dying has me stunned and dismayed beyond belief and reeling for these families. My mother lost my brother when I was younger and it was something that changed us all forever.

    The increase in tragedies seems to happen in the hustle and bustle of graduation/school's out season and much vacation travel etc. Please young people (and old) take a moment and focus, slow down if needed, be aware of what you are doing and your surroundings while doing it, get rid of the distractions around you. The life you save could be your own.

  • Con Amor brings luv and laughter Jun 9, 2011

    Very sad situation, not only for the family, but for the world. Such ashamed when the life of someone who wanted to teach the world about unity and love and respect is cut short. Prayers of strenth and comfort going out to the family, and everyone who knew & loved this young man.

  • davido Jun 9, 2011

    Wishing peace to the family.

  • emtp2k Jun 9, 2011

    This is a tragedy. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. It's sad that a promising life was cut short.

  • Blue Devil 2 Jun 9, 2011

    This is such touching story. What a unique young man. I wished everyone thought like he did. RIP Mehdy, your'e in a better place. My prayers goes out to the family.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Jun 9, 2011

    There's nothing wrong with religion being a part of this story. As a matter of fact, a family's religion is what helps them get through such a great loss. It is refreshing to see families that understand no one has to be blamed. If you are deeply rooted in your religion, you know that person had a purpose on this earth. And much good can come from a person even AFTER they have passed. Sounds like this family is actually handling the loss fairly well and is seeing comfort from their religion.