My cousin Tommy Ashton was murdered in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.
From the landmark New York Times Portraits of Grief:
Saddest day ever.
Since then, Tommy’s sisters Colleen and Mary have shepherded the Thomas Ashton Foundation, which has an annual 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament and has donated over $285,000 to worthily charitable organizations and local projects (list of recipients here).
Next month will see the final Tommy Ashton 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament at St. Sebastian Parish Center in Woodside, Queens, where the Ashtons have long resided.
It’s a great story. Here’s hoping one of the Big Town dailies picks it up.
(And yes – I’ll be contacting them to do just that.)