The Winning SPJ Death Race Obituary: CASSIE MORIEN: "SPASTIC AND SQUIGGLY"

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The Winning SPJ Death Race Obituary: CASSIE MORIEN: "SPASTIC AND SQUIGGLY"


Gill, Kristine, The Quill


Kathleen Ross hated Cassie Morien the moment she laid eyes on her.

Tall, impeccably dressed and bubbly, Morien seemed a threat to the Boca Raton Magazine staff on her very first day on the job. One such staffer was Kathleen. Buta month later, Morien's charm, wit and awkward mannerisms had won her over.

"You can't not like her," Ross, 25, said.

The two ate lunch together each day for two years, taking turns swapping stories in a rush against the clock.

Trie hour was never long enough to share everything," Ross said.

That's why friends and family of Cassandra Morien said her death has left them with a baffling void.

"She just has a different kind of presence,'" her mother Julia Morien said at a memorial service Saturday in Fort Lauderdale. "She finds joy in everything."

Morien, died Jan. 17 of the lung disease emphysema, despite having smoked a cigarette just once in her short life. The 26-year-old fashion and Web editor at Boca Raton Magazine lived in Boynton Beach and is survived by her parents Julia and Dennis, her younger siblings Gillian and Trevor, and her boyfriend Angel Melendez.

A writer since the second grade, Morien loved journalism, Julia Morien said. In fact, Cassie Morien tweeted April 1 5 that, "The notion that I will be spending the next 10 hours writing is both exciting and overwhelming. …

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