Even though I didn't know Irma personally, only through friends and my connections to BiH, I find her loss to be sad and in away, a profound loss for the world and those who knew her. My connections to BiH started really through the war but became like glue in my soul through peace. It is really the amazing spirit that my Bosnian friends carry in their soul that built a bond that cannot be broken even when we shake off our mortal coils and pass from this life and onto the next. The pride, human spirit, love, laughter and insight brought through great tragedies has built the Bosnian spirit to were it is today. Irma, from what everyone has told me embodied this spirit of beauty, strength, love, passion and humor.
It seems it truly is the good that we lose too soon, there are so many others I could think of deserves a fate of a ill timed demise, more so than young, spirited Irma. The tragedy of surviving the war in BiH and the associated horrors and to be given a second chance here in the US to only meet such an untimely demise is tragic. The fact that it was a road that has taken a life of a Bosnian outside of BiH is tragic in a Shakespearean way, considering the terrible conditions of the roads in BiH. The sad truth of life is that accidents happen, sometimes for no reason. It doesn't tarnish or diminish the legacy or the love left by one Irma Sabanovic, her memory and spirit lives on in those who loved her and carry on her message and what meant most to this spirited Bosnian woman.
The saddest part for me is for Irma's family and Irma's father who risked everything and took a gamble and came to the US only to lose the love of life, his wife and his beloved daughter in such a short time. It is a tragedy that I would hope that none of you would ever have to experience...
There will be a fundraiser for Irma's family Tuesday night, you can also send donations to help defer some of the families costs associated with their loss.
Tomorrow at 9:30pm - Wednesday at 2:00am
3759 N Damen Ave.
If you knew Ira, then you know how much she loved dancing away nights at the Xippo with her favorite Chicago musicians and dear friends, members of Eyes Manouche and Ode. There's been so much outreach and support from the community and though everyone is mourning, let's not forget to celebrate her life and her love of life.
I think she'd want us to remember the things that made her smile.
Eyes Manouche and Ode will be playing in h...onor of our lost friend this Tuesday starting at 9:30pm. Irma touched so many lives; let's get together to memorialize her sunny spirit.
Eyes Manouche is a gypsy dance band that puts its own spin on Balkan music classics. Ode is an indie rock band who just released a new album entitled Peephole.
$10 cover at door – all proceeds will go to Irma's family. If you can't make the event but would still like to donate, you can do so here: http://www.gofundme.com/He
Please pass this invitation on to anyone we've missed!