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Date of Birth: May 3, 1976
Position: NT Systems Administrator
Khalid is the beloved son of Syed and Leonor Shahid, big brother of Jaffer and Fatima Shahid, devoted fiancé of Jamie Castro, and missed cousin and nephew of countless family members. He was born, raised and still resided in Union, New Jersey. At the tender age of 25, his job at Cantor was just the beginning of a successful career in the field of computers that he loved so dearly. Khalid enjoyed many happy times with his family, fiancee and a very close-knit group of friends. He was an avid sportsman, but never let that get in the way of helping those he loved. His absence has left a void that will never be filled because his presence in our lives was so great. He will always be missed, but never forgotten because he has left such a lasting impression on all our lives.
Khalid has taught us all how to laugh out loud, love unconditionally, strive for the best, love our family, be honest, give of yourself, never waste time and always say how you feel. We are at peace with the fact that he is in divine glory and that he is watching and protecting those that cherish him.
Khalid’s family and friends will always remember his contagious smile and will hold his beautiful memories close to our hearts.
My first impression of Khalid was the day soon after he started at Cantor Fitzgerald that he decided to put a new Operating System on our Network. How could he have known that a small bug in a piece of software could cause network switches to start resetting themselves. He singlehandedly managed to take down part of our network. I felt so bad for him. He was mortified. But, his ability to shine brightly from that rocky start is what I will always remember. For a 25 year old guy Khalid was the most knowledgeable in the broadest areas of our profession that I have ever seen.
Due to the many long days that Khalid spent installing systems at the Rochelle Park facility we were able to recover much more quickly from this horrible tragedy, at least as far as technology is concerned. I will always remember our lunches together and his contagious laughter. My prayers go out to Khalids family, friends, fiancee, and all those who knew him. I’ll c ya later buddy.
PS. I finally got the WRX and it IS a rocket. You would love it.
Khalid- I miss you so much, buddy. I keep wondering if you got my voice message on the 10th, I hope you did, because at least then you would have known how much your friendship meant to me. I think about you everyday, about Jamie and the life you two never got to start in your new home. Of how you never saw that house finished, of how Jamie had to walk into the finished product and couldn’t celebrate all the waiting and work you two did with you. Of how you two will never get married now and start the family you wanted. I miss having you fix all my pc problems and goofing off when we were supposed to be working. I miss sharing a wall with you and the goofy games we used to play. And teasing you about how unbelievably neat you were and trying to move things on your desk without you noticing. I miss playing solitare on that palm pilot you had. There is so much I want to say to you, I just don’t know where to start. You really were one in a million. I love you, buddy, take care until I see you again.
I FIRST MET KHALID WHEN HE WAS ABOUT 11 YEARS OLD. HE AND HIS BROTHER JAFFER BECAME FRIENDS WITH MY SON CHRIS.I SOON GOT TO KNOW HIS MOM,DAD AND SISTER FATIMA. WHAT A WONDERFUL AND LOVING FAMILY.KHALID WAS A GREAT KID,RESPECTFUL, POLITE AND ACTIVE AS ANY KID I’VE KNOWN. HE WAS ALWAYS ON THE GO, RIDING HIS BIKE,OR PLAYING SOCCER AND TENNIS.WHENVER YOU SAW HIM HE HAD A GREAT BIG SMILE ON HIS FACE. I’LL NEVER FORGET THE MANY TIMES SPENT IN MY HOUSE, PLAYING VIDEO GAMES, EATING PIZZA, AND HAVING SLEEP OVERS. WE’LL ALWAYS REMEMBER OUR SKIING TRIPS TO VERMONT AND ALL THE FUN WE HAD. KHALID GREW UP, GRADUATED COLLEGE AND BECAME ENGAGED. EVERYTHING WAS IN ORDER;A PROMISING CAREER, BUILDING A NEW HOME, SOON TO BE MARRIED. THEN THE UNTHINKABLE HAPPENED. SUCH A YOUNG LIFE CUT SO SHORT. LEAVING BEHIND SIBLINGS WHOSE CHILDREN WILL NEVER KNOW HIS CHILDREN, A LOVING FIANCE AND SOUL MATE, PARENTS WHOSE PAIN AND GRIEF IS SO DEEP IT IS IMEASURABLE.OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH THEM.THANK YOU KHALID FOR LETTING US GET TO KNOW YOU, EVEN IF FOR A SHORT WHILE. IT HAS BEEN OUR PLEASURE.
Khalid was an inspriation and a blessing to all who knew him. He was so kind and gentle and looked for the best in everyone. As I reflect on the times we had, I remember all the time we spent dreaming, planning, and preparing for the perfect future we thought we would have. We knew at a young age that we belonged together and were the perfect couple. Our aspirations and goals were set high and together we reached many of them and we knew we would complete them all. We knew we were blessed for all that we were given and we thanked God for it everyday. “Lets take our time and plan everything right”, we would say because we thought time was on our side. Even though our time together has run out, I am thankful to God that he gave me the gift of Khalid. He loved me and saw the best in me and helped make me into the type of person I wanted to be, the person I am now. Once in a lifetime you find someone special to love and build your life with. I know it can happen beccause it happened to me. I found my Khalid. Khalid was such an important part of my life and I will always cherish the time I had with him. Although he is not here, he will never be forgotten and will live in my heart forever. He was my first and only love. Love lives on forever in the memories, stories, and hearts of all whose lives have been touched by this very special person Khalid. I miss your laugh, your smile, and your love. I love you.
A day which we can not forget,
Our biggest fear had now been met,
When helplessly we watched in awe,
In disbelief at what we saw.
The city loved and known by all.
Its towers hit and made to fall.
Our heroes, friends and family fought
To beat this terror madmen brought,
but those who lost the fight that day,
Are kept in hearts and thoughts, we pray,
That to a place they have been sent
Where life is lived in peace, as meant.
great pain and suffering this has cost
Form special people we have lost.
There’s one whose memory stands alone.
A gem amongst a world of stone.
This caring, modest, bright young man
Brought smiles only angels can.
His gentle voice and warm embrace
Were soothing as his smiling face.
true pleasure to have known this kid
Who worked so hard at what he did.
Spent years in band; could do it all;
Did wonders with a soccer ball.
Had many friends who cherished days
They shared in their own unique ways,
Since he took time to please each one
By being him, just having fun.
His kindred spirit won’t depart,
For he remains inside each heart,
Of one’s he’s touched, those lucky souls
Who knew a man with such high goals.
His friends and family now must strive
To keep these goals and hope alive,
By moving on and staying strong,
And praying we can cure what’s wrong.
Our country needs this strength to run.
The time has come to stand as one.
Khalid….my bro, I still can’t believe you are gone. Words to describe how much I miss you don’t even exist but the love that me and all of us still hold for you is undying and will remain that way….your contagious laugh, warming smile, and pleasant aura will always remain a part of my heart and will stand as a constant reminder as to how to live my life. I feel like I can still talk to you even though you are not physically here…I know you can hear me…..you are my strength when I am low and my modesty when I achieve, for those are the values that you exemplified so well in your short time here. A messenger sent down from God, to show everyone on this Earth how a person should lead their life the right way, that’s what you were bro…and I know that you are in a better place right now far away from all this madness….your spirit and soul will NEVER be forgotten and your fire that provides me with warmth within my heart everyday will stay burning until my last breathing day….I love you brother…
My Dearest Nephew, Khalid,
I am so happy I had the chance to spend the last week of August with you and the family. Although the main reason for my being in New Jersey was to take my mother and myself to the doctor, I looked forward to spending tme with you and Jaffer, since we don’t see each other very often. I enjoyed cooking some of the dishes you all like and I remember how much you and Jaffer liked the “veal parika’s.” You kept telling me, “Tia this is good. This is really good.” So I told you, “Well, when you and Jamie move into your new house, I will come to visit and we will cook it together.” Oh Khalid, how in the world could this terrible thing happen to you?
On September 1st, I had to leave so early I didn’t have the heart to wake you up to hug and kiss you goodbye. You were sleeping like a baby. I never would have thought that that was my last chance to see you, forever.
My nephew, I will always remember you smiling, so happy to be with the family and Jamie who would soon be your wife, and playing with Nugget, showing me all the tricks he had learned.
I know you are at peace. You are at home with the Lord. I love you, my nephew. Until we meet again……
Your Loving Aunt,
It had been a long time since we last spoke. It was one of those situations where you’d say a hundred times, I’ve been meaning to call him and catch up. As if we had all of the time in the world….
To know Khalid was to love him. He was a true inspiration and I am blessed to have been able to call him friend.
Mr. & Mrs. Shahid, Jaffer, Fatima, Jaime – my thoughts and prayers are with you always.
Khali – “Friendship is a candle whose flame glows brighter when the hour is darker.”
Khalid was a gift from God. We hadn’t seen each other or spoken in a long time, but the memories of our friendship will always be there. Khalid is a person that I will never forget. We all had so many great times together back in high school -especially in band. Khalid was such a special guy, smiling all the time, making everyone laugh. When this whole thing happened, it was unreal – so unfair. It is still so hard to comprehend. My prayers are with you Mr. and Mrs. Shahid, Fatima, Jaffer, and Jaime. Khalid is watching over all of us now. God Bless You Khalid and we all love you and miss you so much.
You were another good friend of my friend Melissa. Losing both you and Bella was hard for her and I’m sure she thinks of you all the time. You also will never be forgotten. Your memory will be with everyone always-Gail.
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