In solemn remembrance, we convey the heartbreaking news that the world of soccer is once again engulfed in sorrow. The Letics Sport Club, en route to the North Cup in Vizcaino, Baja California Sur, faced an unfathomable tragedy. Jassad Ayub Castellanos, the dedicated player and goalkeeper of the Tijuana Intermediate League's 2006/2007 category selection, tragically lost his life in a devastating accident on June 22, 2023.
In this time of immense grief, we stand united with Jassad's family and his cherished club, extending our sincerest condolences. Our prayers are fervently offered, seeking solace and fortitude for them to endure the indescribable pain of this irreplaceable loss.
Jassad Ayub Castellanos,
May your soul find eternal tranquility.
Amidst this solemn announcement, let us take a moment to reflect upon the remarkable journey of one of our own, Jassad. Ana, one of the coaches of our Letics boys' team, bore witness to his unwavering dedication and growth on the soccer field:
"Jassad exemplified the very essence of passion and determination that fuels the spirit of our beloved sport. As a rookie, he joined our team with an unwavering desire to play, displaying a commitment to improvement that was evident to all. Despite encountering setbacks along the way, he remained steadfast in his pursuit of progress, training diligently and seeking guidance. It was during one memorable match that he proved himself to be the finest goalkeeper we had ever seen. Jassad's infectious smile and unwavering support made him an invaluable member of our team."
Today, as we grieve the loss of Jassad, let us also celebrate his memory and the profound impact he had on each of us. We take solace in knowing that he achieved greatness in his role as our goalkeeper, bestowing upon us countless moments of joy and triumph. Whenever we gaze upon the sky, let us remember Jassad and feel his presence, for he will forever remain an integral part of our team, cheering us on and rejoicing in our victories. We were privileged to have him in our lives, and the memories we created together will be cherished eternally.
To Jassad's family, we cannot fathom the depths of the pain you are experiencing, but please know that our hearts ache alongside yours. We offer our sincerest condolences and stand united with you during this unfathomably difficult time.Moreover, we want to emphasize that your family holds a special place within the Letics community. Jassad had two older brothers who have been cherished members of our Letics family for several years. One brother, a valued player on our open team, has grown and flourished alongside our dedicated athletes, while the other brother showcases his talent as part of our U20 team and also contributes to the younger U16 team. The familiarity and connection your family has developed with Letics and every individual involved have created a deep bond that brings comfort and strength during this painful chapter.
Accidents such as these are unforeseen, and despite all precautions, their impact can never be fully mitigated. We want to assure everyone that we took every possible measure to ensure the safety of our players. As we move forward, it is crucial that we come together as a community, offering unwavering support, love, and prayers to Said, who has shown immense bravery in the face of adversity. Let us rally around him, believing in his strength and resilience as we navigate the challenging path ahead. Throughout this trying ordeal, our team, our warriors, have demonstrated incredible fortitude and solidarity, selflessly supporting one another despite their own injuries.
Your support, prayers, and understanding are invaluable to us. Together, we will find a way to heal and move forward, carrying Jassad's spirit and the invaluable lessons he taught us in our hearts.
The wake will be held at the Latin American Funeral Home on Sunday, the 25th of June, commencing at 6 PM. We extend an invitation to all who have been touched by Jassad's spirit to join us in bidding him a final farewell, at the Platinum Room on the second floor.
Today, as the league honors outstanding achievements, we acknowledge that Jassad has posthumously received the prestigious title of the Sub20 League's top goalkeeper. In a poignant tribute, a few young men will step forward to accept this accolade on his behalf.
May Jassad rest in eternal peace, knowing that he has left an indelible mark on our lives. Let us learn to cherish every moment, appreciating the precious gift of life. Please continue to keep Jassad's family and our entire community in your thoughts and prayers.