Shumiaye I.Z. Hall

Born: Wed., May 24, 1989
Died: Sat., Dec. 9, 2017


Visitation

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM, Sat., Dec. 16, 2017
Location: International Christian Fellowship


Funeral Service

2:00 PM Sat., Dec. 16, 2017
Location: International Christian Fellowship


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Shumiaye Ishmael Zeleke Hall was born, May 24, 1989, in Libertyville, IL.  He was preceded in death by his youngest sister, Saba Sabina Hall.  Shumiaye is survived by his mother, Lisa Louvenia Hall; father, Abebaw Kassa Zeleke and eldest sister, Sarisa Louvenia Hall.  He was raised in Vernon Hills, IL and later moved to Naperville where he passed away.  Shumiaye loved to write rhymes, rap and sing classic RB.  He was very protective of his family and made friends wherever he went.  People often said, “Ma’am you have a very good and respectful son.”  Shumiaye always felt responsible for keeping his sister and me safe. “Big Sister” might as well have been little sister to Shumiaye because he adored no one more than she.

Shumiaye also cared deeply for others.  His closest friends became my sons.  They called me mom, also protected big sister and made sure to grab sweet potato pie or whatever mom was cooking.  Shumiaye’s smiles, hugs and light made this world a kinder place. 

Anyone who really knew Shumaiye also knew he was a masterful chess player.  Very few could beat him.  My son was an anomaly and grasped this world on a level few could comprehend or appreciate. 

He was very proud of his Ethiopian heritage and often reminded everyone that he was from the Amhara Tribe—the same tribe as King Haile Selassie originated. He spent hours researching his history and always hoped to travel abroad to feel, breathe and experience his father’s land.  A land, he proudly reminded all, that had never been conquered.  Shumiaye was ecstatic that his uncle Tigabu would finally escort him to Ethiopia.  Today my heart weeps knowing my son will never see his father’s land or learn his language.  Perhaps he might have found the answers he sought to better understand himself.

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