School Closings And Delays

Stroudsburg High School Graduate Victim in Deadly Oakland Warehouse Fire

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OAKLAND -- A graduate of a high school in our area was one of the 36 people killed in the Oakland Warehouse fire.

Alex Ghassan was a member of the Stroudsburg High School Class of 1999.

Ghassan was a producer, director, and father of twin four-year-old girls.

Friday, Elisa Chafese, one of Ghassan's former classmates, remembered him in a statement, saying "collectively, the Stroudsburg High School Class of 1999, are all feeling the sadness and shock of this tragedy.  Alex had a great sense of humor, great sense of pride, and loved his family. He will be very missed."

This week, Ghassan's mother, Emilie Grandchamps, also shared her thoughts on the tragedy. Grandchamps blames the city, among a list of others for the loss of her son and the other 35 victims.

"I hold the manager, I hold the business owners, I certainly hold the city, I don't think they did their job thoroughly- everyone that's involved in making. The artists, the people, the most beautiful people in the world, without them, life wouldn't even be pleasant," commented Grandchamps.

Ghassan's mother said her son didn't live in the building but was at the party with his fiancée, who also died in that deadly fire in California.