Jamie Raskin, a Democrat representing Maryland in the U.S. House, made the tragic announcement Thursday that his 25-year-old son Tommy had died, The Hill reported.
It remains unclear what led to the 25-year-old’s death.
“Tommy was pure magic”
The Democrat and his wife, Sarah Bloom Raskin, first revealed the news in a statement New Year’s Eve, according to The Hill.
“With profound sorrow, Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) and Sarah Bloom Raskin today announced the loss of their son Thomas (Tommy) Bloom Raskin, 25, who was a second-year student at Harvard Law School and a graduate of Amherst College,” the statement read.
“Tommy was pure magic,” the couple said of their son. “His brilliance and compassion knew no bounds. He passionately loved his family, friends, and animals, and was devoted to the cause of the global poor. We are devastated and demolished to be without him.”
According to the statement, Tommy Raskin is survived by “his beloved sisters Hannah and Tabitha,” his parents, two grandparents, and “dozens” of extended family members and friends. Funeral arrangements were to be determined.
“The family is grateful for the outpouring of support and love from neighbors, constituents, and friends but asks everyone to observe strict COVID-19 protocols during this time of grief,” the family’s statement concluded.
“With you always”
Part of that “outpouring of support” came from fellow politicians on both sides of the political aisle, proving that — at least for a brief moment — even those with sharp ideological differences can come together in the wake of a tragedy.
Among those to express condolences, according to CBS Baltimore, was Maryland’s Republican governor, Larry Hogan. “The First Lady and I extend our deepest sympathies over this heartbreaking loss. I ask all Marylanders to keep the Raskin family in your prayers,” he tweeted.
Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) tweeted a similar message, as CBS Baltimore reported. “Sharing love and prayers tonight for [Rep. Raskin] and his family,” Cardin said. “Team Maryland is with you always.”
Meanwhile, Democrat Chris Van Hollen, Maryland’s other senator, wrote, “Katherine and I extend our deepest sympathy and love to Jamie and Sarah at this moment of immeasurable pain for them and their family on the loss of their beloved son Tommy.”
Even House Republicans, who constantly battle with Raskin in the halls of Congress, set aside their political quarrels to post a message to the caucus’ official Twitter page. “Our deepest condolences go out to Rep. Raskin and his family on their unimaginable loss,” the House GOP wrote. “We ask everyone to pray for them during this tragic time.”