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Senior Abram Sorek, 23, Victim of Accidental Shooting in Erie

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Posted: Monday Apr 14, 2014

April 14, 2014

Abram Sorek, age 23, of Erie, a senior communication major at Saint Vincent College, passed away on Saturday, April 13, 2014, of accidental causes.

He was born in Erie on October 13, 1990, a son of Mike and Ann Giannelli Sorek.

Abram graduated from Erie Day School, Mercyhurst Prep, received an associate's degree from Mercyhurst North East, and was a candidate for a bachelor's degree in communications from Saint Vincent College. Abe enjoyed snowboarding with friends, fishing with Nonno and family, physical fitness, and especially, lacrosse, which he played for the Erie Spears, Mercyhurst North East and Saint Vincent College.

Abram is preceded in death by his grandmothers, Lucia Sorek and Nancy Giannelli, and an uncle, Greg Giannelli. Besides his parents, he is survived by his sister, Hana Sorek, brother, Gavin Sorek; his grandfather, Robert Giannelli and wife, Diane, of Erie; two step-brothers, Paul Sorek and his wife, Jenny, and Neal Sorek and his wife, Sarah, all of Brookville, Pa.; three aunts, Linda Shea, Judy Truitt and her husband, Mark, and Joanie Giannelli all of Erie; four uncles, Pat Sorek and his wife, Lisa, and Rick Sorek and his wife, Cheryl, all of Pittsburgh; Bob Giannelli and his wife, Tannaz Sabetfakhri, of Ann Arbor, Mich., and Dan Giannelli and his wife, Jennifer, of Erie; and many cousins, Molly, Tom, Doug, Pete, Greg, Julie, Ben, Natalie, Nicholas, Anthony, Vennessa, Jacqueline and Jeffrey.

"When asked to define a successful life, Henry David Thoreau responded ... If one life breathes easier because you have lived. For Thoreau a successful life was not measured by its length of time, material possessions or professional achievement. Success in one's life was measured by the degree to which you touched the life of others. In this respect Abram's life had success beyond measure. Abram lived life to the fullest, and he lived it with passion. Those who knew and loved him felt that passion each time they were with him. For Abram, family and friends gave him the greatest joy. He loved spending time laughing, eating, playing and simply being with family and friends. He never held back, and he made you believe, when you were with him that you mattered to him deeply. Hopefully he knew, that we, whose lives he touched, breathe easier because he had lived.” – The words of Ginny Rogers from one mother to another; surviving in the thoughts in all who knew him.

Saint Vincent College Campus Ministry will have a memorial service at 4 p.m. today (April 14) in the Mary, Mother of Wisdom Student Chapel in the Robert S. Carey Student Center on the campus of Saint Vincent College, Latrobe.

A coach bus for 56 passengers has been confirmed by the Saint Vincent College Office of Student Affairs for those students who want to attend the funeral in Erie on Wednesday. Please contact Jeffrie Mallory in the Office of Campus and Multicultural Student Life to make a reservation, phone 724-805-2415 or Jeffrie.mallory@stvincent.edu. The bus will depart from the Carey Center at 7:30 a.m.

Friends may call on Tuesday, from 2-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., at the Francis V. Kloecker Funeral Home, Inc., 2502 Sassafras St., Erie, Pa. 16502, and are invited to the funeral Mass on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Chapel at Mercyhurst University, with the Rev. Michael Allison, officiating. Burial will be private. Send condolences to www.kloeckerfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Abram Sorek Scholarship Fund in care of the Francis V. Kloecker Funeral Home, Inc.

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Photo: Abram Sorek

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