Maryland Congressman Announces Death of 25-Year-Old Son


Congressman Jamie Raskin revealed Thursday that his 25-year-old son, Thomas (Tommy) Raskin, had died.

The Maryland Democrat made the tragic announcement in a news release posted on his website.

“Tommy was pure magic. His brilliance and compassion knew no bounds,” Raskin said.

“He passionately loved his family, friends, and animals, and was devoted to the cause of the global poor. We are devastated and demolished to be without him.”

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Tommy Raskin had been in his second year at Harvard Law School after graduating from Amherst College.

Raskin’s family has not given the cause of death.

“The family is grateful for the outpouring of support and love from neighbors, constituents, and friends but asks everyone to observe strict COVID-19 protocols during this time of grief,” the news release read.

Politicians and constituents poured out their condolences for the Raskin family on Twitter.

“The First Lady and I extend our deepest sympathies over this heartbreaking loss,” Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan tweeted.

“I ask all Marylanders to keep the Raskin family in your prayers.”

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez added that her “heart completely shatters” for Raskin and his family.

“Tommy was an incredible and brilliant beam of light,” the New York Democrat tweeted.

“All our thoughts are with the Raskin family, and we pray for support to envelop them in this unimaginable time.”

Tommy Raskin is survived by his father, mother, Sarah Bloom Raskin, sisters Hannah and Tabitha, grandparents Arlene Bloom and Lynn Raskin and many other family members.

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
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