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Jason "Descuidado" Morales Memorial Fund

Monday, February 25, 2013   (0 Comments)
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Brother Jason "Descuidado" Morales Memorial Fund
New York – February 2013
Updated: February 26, 2013

On Saturday, February 23, 2013 our brother Jason "Descuidado" Morales lost his life after suffering severe body trauma after being struck by a car. Jason became a brother in Spring 2008 at the Kappa Chapter in Syracuse
University. Jason was a senior in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics at Syracuse University.
He was in the process of completing his Senior Capstone project and interning with the athletics department at St.
John’s University.

"We want to give a huge thank you to The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs staff at Syracuse University; especially their Director, Eddie D. Banks-Crosson for the quick response to this situation and providing the Kappa chapter with support during their time of need. At the same time I would like to thank NALFO and the member organizations who have reached out to the fraternity expressing their condolences and for those members who have already donated to the fund." said Executive Director Francisco Lugo.

Jason was a one of kind individual, with an unmatched personality full of energy and with a heart of gold. He understood life was full of hardships and tough decisions, yet he wouldn’t allow them to put him down because he knew people believed in his ability to prosper and do well for himself. Jason did a great job with helping to give back to the community and help change lives of people who were less fortunate and needed some guidance. Jason did a good job in seeing the best in people and tried to help bring it out of everyone no matter how big the struggle may have been. Although Jason very much lives up to his fraternal name, we all know how much good he really meant for the community and the family he leaves behind.

Here are a few words fellow brothers had to say about our beloved Jason.

"Jason "Descuidado” Morales was a bold, daring, passionate and outspoken young man. This combination of personal traits had often led him to be misunderstood by other people and come off as reckless, thus why he wears the name Descuidado. Although some may have questioned his actions through misunderstanding, it was never a question that his heart and intentions were always in the right place. Jason was a man of loyalty who would always do anything for those close to him, no matter the obstacle and no matter the task. Jason was a close brother, friend, mentor and supporter to many of the community and he has touched a vast network of people through his time that will surely be impacted by his loss. Jason always had the heart of a lion and that will always be remembered in my heart as well." said chapter brother Adam Donath.

"Jason was a true definition of a fighter, no matter how tough situations were. Jason helped bring out the best of me, and always fought for both of us.” said chapter brother Jonathan Sanchez.

"More than a brother, more than a son, more than a father. He was a loving man who opened his heart for everyone. No matter what, he was always there for those he cared for." said chapter brother Anthony Ortiz.

It’s been almost a mere two years since Jason’s legacy "Noel Morales” was born and changed his life forever. He took on a new responsibility and changed his life in order to do his best to be there and support his own. Noel began to experience life with a dad who lived long distant, temporarily while he completed his studies to help change the life of his family for the better. He landed an internship with St. John’s University in the athletics department where he helped manage NCAA basketball games at MSG and was given responsibility to help grow the Men’s baseball team.

Additionally while completing his studies, he just landed a part time job working with a sports marketing firm in NJ to help support his family while he bettered himself. Jason was set to walk at graduation in May, where he invited everyone to help celebrate a major accomplishment in his life. There’s no one who can say Jason wasn’t an advocate for helping develop everyone around him; including himself. Jason will be missed without a doubt. We will all cherish the good times and company he blessed us with during his time here, but now his company will be appreciated above as he watches as our guardian angel from above.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Kappa Chapter and with Jason's family. The fraternity has setup a memorial fund in Jason’s name and are currently asking for donations to assist his family. Any amount will definitely be appreciated. Jason is survived by his parents Alex and Dawn Morales, his brother Cory and his son Noel. The wake for Jason is on Friday from 3-9 pm at Leone Funeral Home 696 4th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11232. 
Vaya en Paz Don Descuidado, Distinguido Hermano de Fí Iota Alfa!


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