Monday, April 24, 2006
“It is with sadness that I must share with you regarding the loss of a member of our Logan family,” Principal Don Montoya said over the school’s public address system at the start of second period, the start of school for most. “As most of you know, Fardin Qayyumi had been involved in a tragic automobile accident two weeks ago, before Spring break. Sadly, he passed away last week. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends and staff. “
“I am asking all of us to pause for a moment of silence out of respect at the loss of Fardin, who will be missed by his family, friends, teachers, and staff,” he said, “Please join me now in a moment of silence in memory of Fardin Qayyumi.”
Before Spring Break, Qayyumi’s friends, teachers and classmates were circulating get well cards. Now, there’s grief to deal with. “We will have counselors or administrators available in each of Fardin's classes today.” Montoya said. He asked teachers to be aware of grieving students: “If any students need to talk with their counselor regarding this loss, please send the student to his or her house office.”
Qayyumi suffered severe brain damage as a result of a crash April 10 at Decoto Road and Mission Boulevard.
Qayyumi was a passenger in the back seat of a 1990 Toyota Corolla, which took the brunt of the impact with a 1987 Chrysler Minivan. He was one of five in the car at the time, including his brother, Farhad.
He was buried at the Afghan community’s mosque on Mission Boulevard in Hayward on Tuesday.
Qayyumi is survived by his father, Shoaib Qayyumi, his mother, Sharifa Qayyumi, and brother Farhad Qayyumi, who survived the crash with back injuries. The family lives in Union City.