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Allen and Sosé met at [[AYF]] Camp during an Annual AYF Convention years before their marriage which they held in Armenia in 2012, followed by their their honeymoon at the annual AYF Alumni weekend at Camp Big Pines.
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Allen Yekikian was born on March 10, 1985, to Asik and Henrik Yekikian in Glendale, California. He attended [[Chamlian Armenian School]] and joined [[Homenetmen]] Ararat scouts at a young age. After Chamlian, Allen attended Crescenta Valley High School, where his aptitude and passion for computers emerged. In 1999, Allen became a big brother with the birth of his only sister Natalie. He visited [[Armenia]] for the first time in 2005, and returned with a newfound sense of national pride. In the fall of that same year, he began studies at [[UCLA]] where he earned a degree in History and a minor in Armenian Studies.  
  
They repatriated to Armenia in early 2013, but months later were in a tragic fatal car accident while on vacation in the Republic of Georgia.
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At [[UCLA]], Allen was an active member of the [[Armenian Students Association]].  During this time, he developed a strong interest in the political future of the Armenian nation, interning with the [[Armenian National Committee of America]] (ANCA) and joining the Crescenta Valley “Zartonk” chapter of the [[Armenian Youth Federation]] (AYF), where he held local leadership positions, and served on the [[AYF]] Western Region Central Executive for multiple years.  Allen revolutionized the AYF’s public relations and online presence, and contributed greatly to [[Haytoug magazine]].  He was well-known for having an insatiable appetite for knowledge, devouring information on Armenian history and the Armenian revolutionary movement while still managing to graduate summa cum laude.  
  
Before moving to Armenia, Allen was an [[Asbarez]] collaborator and former Assistant Editor of the English SectionHe also led the designing and development of Civilnet.am - the website of [[Civilitas]].
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In 2007, Allen went to work for [[Asbarez]], the oldest Armenian daily newspaper, bringing the publication into the 21st century by redesigning Asbarez.com, and creating the first Armenian news smartphone appIn May of 2009, Allen joined the ranks of the [[Armenian Revolutionary Federation]], and served as a dedicated member of the ARF “Shant” Student Association.  
  
Allen Yekikian and his wife [[Sose Thomassian]] died in a car accident on May 10 in neighboring [[Georgia]].
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In his career he rose to become the Assistant Editor of [[Asbarez]], the Chief Technology Officer of Operation Hope, the social media strategist for [[Armenia Fund]], Webmaster at [[CivilNet]], and Director of Communications at the [[American University of Armenia]].  
  
Allen Yekikian and the driver died on the spot, while Sose Thomasian suffered severe injuries and was taken to a hospital where she died without regaining consciousness.
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Allen met his future wife [[Sosé Thomassian]] at [[AYF]] Camp during the 2007 Annual AYF Convention.  By September 2010 the two were engaged and began their life together. They were married on August 11, 2012 at [[Kecharis Monastery]] in [[Tsaghkadzor]] surrounded by close friends and family. In the beginning of 2013 Sosé & Allen repatriated to Armenia, embarking on a new chapter of their lives.  
  
==In Memoriam by Raffi Hovannisian==
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Allen and Sosé were tragically killed as a result of a car accident on May 10, 2013 en route to Tbilisi from Yerevan.  
PRESS RELEASE
 
RAFFI HOVANNISIAN HEADQUARTERS
 
31 Moscovian Street
 
Yerevan, Armenia
 
Tel.: (+374 - 10) 53.69.13
 
Fax: (+374 - 10) 53.26.97
 
Email:  raffi.president@gmail.com
 
Website: www.raffi4president.am
 
  
12 May 2013
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==Sosé & Allen's Legacy Foundation==
 
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Sosé & Allen's Legacy Foundation was set up in their memory to continue their vision by establishing programs and supporting existing programs aimed at bridging the gap between Armenia and its Diaspora, through an emphasis on education, repatriation, and volunteerism within the homeland.
For the Family and Friends of
 
Allen and Sose
 
Hayastan and the World
 
 
 
Vshtakits barekamner,
 
 
 
He was, for [[Richard Hovannisian|our father]], the finest of students and a true intellectual.
 
 
 
He was, for [[Garin Hovannisian|our son]], a compatriot and friend and fellow soldier.
 
 
 
He was, for us the humble guides of his generation, a reminder of why
 
we ourselves had moved to Armenia once upon a time.
 
 
 
He came, as we had come, for love and for struggle.
 
 
 
Allen Yekikian and Sose Thomassian were married in Armenia, and
 
together they believed that they were going to make it in the
 
Homeland. They believed, to the very end, that Armenia was going to
 
make it.
 
 
 
As we ask God, in our hallowed tradition, to illuminate their united
 
soul, we bear our heartfelt share in this terrible loss for the
 
Nation.  We shall continue, in Allen's and Sose's name, to love and to
 
struggle for making Armenia the one and only of their dreams.
 
 
 
We are so obliged.
 
 
 
Miasin misht,
 
 
 
[[Raffi Hovannisian|Raffi]] and Armenouhi K. Hovannisian
 

Revision as of 05:55, 18 July 2013

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Allen Yekikian with his wife Sosé Thomassian
Name in Armenian Ալէն Եքիքեան
Birthplace Glendale, California
Birth date 10 March 1985
Lived in Glendale, Irvine, Yerevan
Resides in Yerevan, Armenia
Death place Georgia
Death date 2013/05/10
Death year 2013
Education UCLA
Profession Media & Communication
Affiliations ARF, Armenian Youth Federation, Asbarez, Armenian National Committee of America, AYF Youth Corps, Haytoug Magazine, Civilitas Foundation, Armenia Fund, American University of Armenia
Languages Armenian, English
Ethnicities Armenian
Dialects Eastern Armenian, Western Armenian
Spouses Sose Thomassian
www.SoseandAllen.com

Allen Yekikian was born on March 10, 1985, to Asik and Henrik Yekikian in Glendale, California. He attended Chamlian Armenian School and joined Homenetmen Ararat scouts at a young age. After Chamlian, Allen attended Crescenta Valley High School, where his aptitude and passion for computers emerged. In 1999, Allen became a big brother with the birth of his only sister Natalie. He visited Armenia for the first time in 2005, and returned with a newfound sense of national pride. In the fall of that same year, he began studies at UCLA where he earned a degree in History and a minor in Armenian Studies.

At UCLA, Allen was an active member of the Armenian Students Association. During this time, he developed a strong interest in the political future of the Armenian nation, interning with the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) and joining the Crescenta Valley “Zartonk” chapter of the Armenian Youth Federation (AYF), where he held local leadership positions, and served on the AYF Western Region Central Executive for multiple years. Allen revolutionized the AYF’s public relations and online presence, and contributed greatly to Haytoug magazine. He was well-known for having an insatiable appetite for knowledge, devouring information on Armenian history and the Armenian revolutionary movement while still managing to graduate summa cum laude.

In 2007, Allen went to work for Asbarez, the oldest Armenian daily newspaper, bringing the publication into the 21st century by redesigning Asbarez.com, and creating the first Armenian news smartphone app. In May of 2009, Allen joined the ranks of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation, and served as a dedicated member of the ARF “Shant” Student Association.

In his career he rose to become the Assistant Editor of Asbarez, the Chief Technology Officer of Operation Hope, the social media strategist for Armenia Fund, Webmaster at CivilNet, and Director of Communications at the American University of Armenia.

Allen met his future wife Sosé Thomassian at AYF Camp during the 2007 Annual AYF Convention. By September 2010 the two were engaged and began their life together. They were married on August 11, 2012 at Kecharis Monastery in Tsaghkadzor surrounded by close friends and family. In the beginning of 2013 Sosé & Allen repatriated to Armenia, embarking on a new chapter of their lives.

Allen and Sosé were tragically killed as a result of a car accident on May 10, 2013 en route to Tbilisi from Yerevan.

Sosé & Allen's Legacy Foundation

Sosé & Allen's Legacy Foundation was set up in their memory to continue their vision by establishing programs and supporting existing programs aimed at bridging the gap between Armenia and its Diaspora, through an emphasis on education, repatriation, and volunteerism within the homeland.