At a young age, I think he understood the value of thinking about others' needs first. Having him in class was like having your own personal encouragement corps.
— Becky Cramer, Klasno's Freshman English Teacher
His wife was pregnant with their first child when he died. She had sent him recordings of the baby's heartbeat over the Internet and, eventually, a 3-D ultrasound image. He was scheduled to be home in time for his daughter's birth in August 2007.
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