By SHERRI KOLADE
DEARBORN — A Fordson High School sophomore died from an apparent heart attack Feb. 17, a Dearborn Public Schools official confirmed Friday.
Dearborn resident Ali Hachem, 15, was found on a chair in the basement of his house that day, according to published reports.
Hachem’s mother, Mimi Sion, found him and dialed 911. Emergency crews failed to revive him. His mother said he was healthy, according to published reports.
More than 100 friends, family and community members gathered on Feb. 20 outside of FHS to remember Hachem, who Principal Youssef Mosallam described as “a great person and athlete” in an email statement.
“He truly represented what Fordson and the Dearborn Public Schools represents,” Mosallam said. “Any time a young life is lost, it is sad and so very difficult to try and understand. We know that the love of a strong and caring extended family will help Ali’s immediate family through this very difficult time.”
DPS Communications Coordinator David Mustonen said in an email statement that the school district is mourning the loss of Hachem.
“Everyone here in the Dearborn Public Schools community is very saddened by the news of Ali’s death,” he said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with all his family members as they struggle to deal with this very tragic loss. The staff and students at Fordson will miss Ali’s presences at the school.”
Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office officials did not return phone calls seeking comment by press time.