By CBS Baltimore Staff

TAKOMA PARK, Md. (WJZ) — Thomas “Tommy” Raskin, the son of Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin and Sarah Bloom Raskin, has died, the congressman’s office said Thursday. He was 25.

“Tommy was pure magic. His brilliance and compassion knew no bounds. He passionately loved his family, friends, and animals, and was devoted to the cause of the global poor. We are devastated and demolished to be without him,” his family said in a statement.

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TAKOMA PARK, MD – MAY 04: (L-R) Thomas Raskin, Sarah Bloom Raskin and U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) listen as a group of Maryland residents, calling themselves the ‘Pandemic Comforters,’ sing to them in the front yard of their home on May 4, 2020 in Takoma Park, Maryland. The singers wanted to use the nice weather to show gratitude to Rep. Raskin for his work in Congress and offer their prayers during the coronavirus pandemic. Last week, Rep. Raskin was appointed by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to the newly created House Select Committee On Coronavirus. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

He was a second-year student at Harvard Law School and a graduate of Amherst College. He is survived by his parents, sisters Hannah and Tabitha and other family members.

On Twitter, Gov. Larry Hogan said he and First Lady Yumi Hogan extend their deepest sympathies to the Raskin family.


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Sen. Ben Cardin wrote he is “sharing love and prayers.”

“Team Maryland is with you always,” he added.

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball also expressed condolences in a statement:

“Tonight, our thoughts and sympathies are with my friend Representative Jamie Raskin and his wife, former Deputy Secretary of Treasury, Sarah Bloom Raskin, and the Raskin family over the loss of their son, brother, and beloved, Thomas Bloom Raskin.

“Like his mother and father, Tommy was dedicated to making our world a better place by lifting up the most vulnerable amongst us. From working on Middle East policy at the Friends Committee on National Legislation to the rigors of Harvard Law school, this young man was destined to do great things nationally and abroad.

“Losing a child is an unthinkable tragedy and on behalf of the Howard County residents, our prayers are with the Raskin family as we wish them strength over the days, weeks, and years ahead to overcome such a devastating loss.”

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