Young victims of Seoul’s Halloween crowd: what we know

Young victims of Seoul’s Halloween crowd: what we know

Ever since his freshman year, Steven Blesi dreamed of spending a semester abroad. That Coronavirus Pandemic delayed it by two years. But this fall, the Marietta, Ga., native and Kennesaw State University junior finally got his chance. “He was outgoing, he was full of adventure,” his father Steve Blesi said in an interview with the Washington Post. “And that was his first big adventure.”

Blesi was in the middle of semester when, according to his family, he became one of more than 150 people killed when a Halloween celebration in Seoul grew so crowded that many could not breathe. He was 20 years old. He loved basketball and his pets – a gecko, turtles and hermit crabs. He became an Eagle Scout like his brother Joey, who is about a year older, and went to college with hopes of working in international business.

Blesi’s father and wife had just come home from grocery shopping on Saturday when his brother reached out: Did they see what happened in Seoul? Was Steven okay? The family “constantly called and called and called and called with no response,” his father said. They are making arrangements for the repatriation of Blesi’s remains to the United States, where “he will be with us from here until we die.” — Brittany Shamas

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