March 14, 2017
Last week, ASYV tragically lost a family member, ASYV graduate, Robert Rudakubana. Robert was a caring friend and brother who lit up our lives.
Classmate, Fred Mutangana remembers Robert in the dedication below.
It is hard to find the words to describe how I feel now that you are gone, but I thank God for bringing you into my life. For the past 4 years of high school I got to sit next to you in the same room and same classes since we both had the Maths, Physics, and Computer Science (MPC) combination. Everyday I appreciated your love, courage and helping heart. Since I have known you, you were smiling, encouraging of others, and giving out your help for others to achieve their dreams.
Many from school called you “Papa” because you had taken on that role and I was so proud that you called me your brother because then I was given the nickname “Uncle."
Robert, your courage to make the Village better in theater and acting will forever be remembered. I always take myself back to those times when we would see you in a room organizing a play and I admired your dedication and efforts to succeed.
You have made me think about my life and lead by example. Best of all were your pieces of advice before we went to sleep, which were the truest symbol of how you aimed to make the world a better place.
It is hard to believe that you are no longer here and I will never be able to talk to you again. You helped so many of us become better men and your kind acts and ambition will always be remembered with respect and love.
Loving you always, your roommate,