Unfortunately, the class of ’03 received some very bad news recently. I’m extremely sad to report that Shirin Shakir ’03 has died in the prime of her life, many decades before her time.

To all members of the Harvard Law School community:

It is with great sadness that I let you know that Shirin Shakir ’07 died in a boating accident in Peru during spring break. Shirin will be terribly missed. She was a member of Section 4 and an active participant in the Law School Council, the Public Interest Auction, and the International Law Society. I know many of you will join me in sending your thoughts and prayers to Shirin’s family and friends: Dean Ellen Cosgrove will be able to provide contact information soon. We will hold a memorial service at the Law School later this spring to celebrate the life and mourn the loss of a wonderful member of our community.

Best,
Elena Kagan

I just feel numb. I wasn’t more than a casual acquaintance of Shirin’s, but the suddenness of her death is especially shocking. My only point of reference is the summer after my sophomore year at Williams when I found out that an acquaintance in my high school class had died after a long battle with scleroderma. With Camille, it was just a question of when.

Here is a picture of Shirin (center) at the Harvard Law Students Audiophiles party less than two weeks ago on 3/21.

I know that all of you will join me in wishing my most sincere and heartfelt condolances to Shirin’s family and friends. I really don’t know what else to say… just that I needed to say something about the life of an Eph in my class cut tragically short.

Update: 2:20 pm.
Sumant Bhat ’03 sends along the link to a forum for postings remembering Shirin at www.RememberShirin.com.

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