Born on March 17, 1974, Fregenet Tafesse (“Leeza” to her friends and family) is the beloved daughter of Tafesse Woubshet and Melesech Gebbre. Her name means fruit of heaven in Amharic and aptly describes her life, her impact on her friends and family.
A good natured and sensible young woman, Fregenet is remembered for her warm smile, generosity, compassion, humility and courage.
She grew up in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia and completed two years in Literature and Languages Studies at Addis Ababa University.
In 1999, she travelled to the United States to pursue her education. After attending Minneapolis Community and Technical College, she continued her studies at Metropolitan State University.
She earned an accounting degree and planned to work for non-profit organizations. Her greatest dream was someday to help the children of her country Ethiopia. Sadly, two months after her graduation, in July 2003, she was killed in a tragic car accident in Minneapolis.
Gifts like her, granted to us from heaven, come few and far between. Do not let her go without deep contemplation on what you have learnt from her.
– excerpts from a friend’s eulogy