Unis Middle School
Ali Hachem said, “Determination, hard work, sacrifice and sweat lead to success.”
Ali was determined to become a lawyer and sue his own father, whom he said owed for child support.
He wanted to sue his father because, when Ali was younger, every time he wanted something his mother said she would have to wait to get her next payment. Ali didn’t like seeing his mother living from check to check, so he said “my dad should pay.”
Ali, a student at Fordson High School, never became a lawyer. He passed away when he was 15.
His mother, Mimi Sion, said “Ali passed away of an enlarged heart. He was breathing but couldn’t breathe right. When he got to the hospital they worked on him for 30 minutes. The doctors gave him medicine to make his heart right, but it wouldn’t work.” Ali died Feb. 17, 2013.
Before this tragedy, Ali, his mother and sister Mariam were talking about how to do his Advanced Placement work and his sports together. He assured his mother he would do it all.
His mother said his death shocked her. “I knew CPR but couldn’t do it because he was still breathing. Unbelievable. Something you never think: Your child could go before you.”
Sion couldn’t sleep the first few nights.
Mariam found out Ali passed away when their mother called and told her the news.
“Without my brother, it’s kind of like an empty feeling. Nobody to talk to. Ali and I used to talk to each other at night. Now I have nobody. I just play on my phone.”
Mariam said she is still in shock. She said, “I just kept doing what I was doing, playing sports and going to school.”
Their friend Suzan Berro said, “I was at my sister’s house when I received the news. I felt really depressed, cried a lot.” She said she still cries. “We had a lot of memories. I was also thinking, ‘what’s going to happen to Mariam and his mother? What are they gonna do without a man in the house?’ Why did he have to die at such a young age?”
Whenever Fordson football players have a game, they wear his picture under their jerseys to represent Ali. There is an online memorial for him, too.
When Ali was alive, every Sunday the family would go to a Leo’s Coney Island. Then, Ali insisted on visiting his aunt, uncle and grandma, and watching football. Now, Mimi and Mariam go to the cemetery and Leo’s every Sunday.
Sion misses “The happy-go-lucky kid that was always friendly, outgoing, and helpful, never stopped smiling.”