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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Have you hugged your kids today?

Former Wayne State University and Stevenson High School football player Serxho Guraleci. (Wayne State University)

Just hug your kids every chance you get.
Tell them you love them.
You never know when you might get another opportunity.
It doesn’t matter if your child is a wee thing; hardly knee high to Willie Shoemaker.
Or, if he is 6-0, 305 pounds.
Those were the rough dimensions of Serxho Guraleci, 22 years old, a former football player at Wayne State University and Stevenson High School in Utica.
He died while working out in a facility in Macomb County on Monday. He was running a cone drill, getting ready for a possible tryout with either an NFL or a Canadian Football League team, when he collapsed.
He always had a smile on his face, recalled Rick Bye, his coach at Stevenson. “He was the strongest player we ever had. He was a beast on the football field, but a puppy dog in the halls.”
Wayne State coach Paul Winters called it a “devastating loss for the Wayne State football family. Serxho was loved by everyone.”
He was an All-GLIAC defensive player. He was an Academic All American. He was getting ready for a combine at Grand Valley State University.
Instead, funeral arrangements are being made. Visitation is at the E.J. Mandziuk and Son Funeral Home, 3801 18 Mile Road, Sterling Heights.  On Wednesday, Jan. 23, visitation is from 5-9 p.m.; and Thursday, Jan. 24, visitation will be 1-9 p.m. Funeral services will take place at 10 a.m., Friday, Jan. 25, at St. Paul’s Albanian Catholic Church, 525 West Auburn Road, in Rochester Hills.
Just hug your kids. No matter how big they are.


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