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  1. I’m so very sorry for the loss of your beautiful daughter. May God bless you with pease during this hard time. 🙏

  2. Our heartfelt condolences to Ersi’s family and our prayers for them to have strength and to find peace.

  3. I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful Ersi. Our family is praying for peace and comfort for your family.

  4. I am so very sorry about Ersi. I didn’t know Ersi but I have met her dad & know her aunt, Oli. I used to work with Oli at Twiddy. I send my love & prayers to Ersi’s mother & father & brother & all the family & friends who loved her.

  5. As a yoga student of Oli, my heart breaks with the devastating passing of Ersi. So incredibly tragic there is nothing to compare. As Oli did for me when I was in need, I dedicate my yoga class and my meditations to Erse. To all those who loved her, remember her happiness and love for each of you. With a very heavy heart. BB

  6. We send you our love, thoughts and prayers in this unforeseen time. We are truly lost for words. We wish you love, comfort and courageous strength to see you trough this horrific period. God bless this wonderful family.

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Ersi Shabanaj

March 12, 2022

Ersi Shabanaj passed away Saturday night, March 12, 2022 at the young age of 15. Ersi was born in Tirana, Albania on May 29, 2006 to Mondi and Shpresha Shabanaj. Ersi came to visit the Outer Banks, North Carolina with her mom and dad in December 2021 and wanted to move to America for a better life.

Nothing made Ersi happier than spending time with her friends and family. She regularly went to the beach and loved music more than most people her age. Ersi was always the life of the party and could pull a smile out of anyone in the room.

Ersi was especially good at cheering people up and making people feel included. She would regularly surprise friends and family with surprise hugs just because she wanted to. In her short time in America Ersi made many friends at First Flight High School. She touched so many lives in her time here and even more back home in Albania. Ersi was a loved member of her family. Her cousins saw her as a sister and looked up to her like a sibling. Ersi is survived by her mother and father and her brother Senti.

The family extends special thanks to the Outer Banks community and all of the friends who have given kind words and thought during this challenging time. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be sent to the GoFundMe to help pay for transportation costs in getting Ersi back to Albania to be buried near her childhood home. Please share expressions of comfort with the family at www.gallopfuneralservices.com.

Condolences

Joyce

I’m so very sorry for the loss of your beautiful daughter. May God bless you with pease during this hard time. 🙏

Carrie

My thoughts and prayers are with you as you mourn the loss of your daughter. May you find peace.

Pat and Jimmy Taylor

Our heartfelt condolences to Ersi’s family and our prayers for them to have strength and to find peace.

The Haber Family

I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful Ersi. Our family is praying for peace and comfort for your family.

Nancy Brandell

I am so very sorry about Ersi. I didn’t know Ersi but I have met her dad & know her aunt, Oli. I used to work with Oli at Twiddy. I send my love & prayers to Ersi’s mother & father & brother & all the family & friends who loved her.

Barbara Becker

As a yoga student of Oli, my heart breaks with the devastating passing of Ersi. So incredibly tragic there is nothing to compare. As Oli did for me when I was in need, I dedicate my yoga class and my meditations to Erse. To all those who loved her, remember her happiness and love for each of you. With a very heavy heart. BB

Patricia and Neil Gannon

We send you our love, thoughts and prayers in this unforeseen time. We are truly lost for words. We wish you love, comfort and courageous strength to see you trough this horrific period. God bless this wonderful family.