Asia Cottom
Asia Cottom, 11, a student at Backus Middle School in Washington, D.C.
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Published by The Press-Enterprise on Sep. 13, 2001.
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Hey Asia. I wanted to visit your Memorial Page on this day. We never met before. You were 1 grade below me. I been thinking a lot about you and the other 2 students from DC who were going on that trip. I feel that you would be an amazing person today. I hope your soul is at peace. No one is ever going to forget you.
Christopher Laforest
September 11, 2020
Dear Asia,
It is just sad to me that you passed away aboard American 77 on Sept. 11, 2001. You were so young & innocent all those years ago! Rest in peace.
September 17, 2019
To the family of Asia, May God forever keep you in his care. Sending you love from Chicago!!!! Linda R.
Linda R.
September 11, 2018
Liam Callum
May 25, 2018
Asia you were a strong and smart girl.
Sharen Cottom myers
September 8, 2016
I think about Asia this time every year. Of all the people who passed away that day, hers was the hardest.

Prayers to you and family.
Worker That Day
September 6, 2016
To the Mr and Mrs.Cottom i think your child was a wonderful child. i give you all my respect to you.
person person
September 2, 2016
May God continue to bless you and your family. The death of a loved one is never easy so I pass forward my condolences to your family. Your daughter would be so proud of her family. God bless x
Olivia Hogan
September 14, 2015
To the Cotton family and friends,
I never met Asia but still remember her from time to time --especially when I see things about the oceans in National Geographic. We will never know what your bright Asia might have done for the world.
Anna Carson
September 12, 2014
To the Cottom Family,

I thought of little Asia on yesterday. I remembered that morning so vividly, desperately trying to reach my own daughter at school that morning. Dear Asia, I will never forget that you are gone, but will remember that you lived. You left the world while embarking on joyous journey. The journey took a much different route than anyone could have imagined. But thanks be to God that there are precious memories to cherish. May those memories in the hearts and minds of all who knew and loved you sustain them until you are reunited.

I pray that God continues to bless the Cottom family.
Wanda Scales
September 12, 2014
bella beltz
September 12, 2014
September 11, 2014
Kimberly Haney
September 17, 2013
I never met her, but am friends with the in-laws of a distant cousin. I often think of what a beautiful young woman little Asia would have most likely become. A 20-something, attending her fall semester classes at a university, most likely taking advantage of the many opportunities afforded to her.

Unfortunately, we all were robbed of her greatness. Thankfully, she was spared the witness of continued cruelties of this world, and is enjoying peace and safety in heaven with a loving God.

Family, please know that you are in my prayers, and I won't forget your precious jewel, Asia Cottom. God bless you.
Wanda Scales
September 12, 2013
Just wanted you to know I was thinking of the family. Sorry were not close in body but know always in spirit. Lewis Cottom Sr ' daughter
Sharen Cottom-Myers
September 12, 2013
Tykaria Watts
September 11, 2013

We loved seeing your face at our bball games. Your dad was a great guy and forever changed our lives and our hearts. Every year I take a moment of silence and think about the impact of your passing and how it brought us all together even closer. You and your family will forever be in our prayers and our hearts.


-Backus Middle School Class of 2002
September 11, 2013
rest in peace u dont need to be in heaven at 11 baby
dondon green
June 14, 2013
my deep solidarity with the Cottom family over loss of this sweet Christian girl! as another Christian girl born in 1990 it makes me sad to see this girl lost in such a way. remember that she is now in Heaven with Jesus!
May 13, 2013
To Asia's Family,
I was in the first graduating class of Bertie Backus Jr. High School -- many years before it became the middle school Asia attended. As someone who grew up in the neighborhood, and has now returned there, I cannot pass the school building without thinking of the beautiful young girl who had just started school there, and obviously had such a bright future before her. Still, it was all God's plan, as he had another purpose, a higher purpose for Asia. Although I cannot even fathom the pain that never leaves you, and the emptiness you must feel every day, take comfort in knowing that Asia rests with God now, and He will continue to be your Great Comforter.
EG Robinson
September 26, 2012
Asia,I did not know you,but you will always be in my heart and memories.I will never forget that beartiful smile of yours.I hope every school child is taught about you,so that the world will never forget.God bless your family.
Cassandra Clement
September 11, 2012
Hey Asia I Didn't Really Get To Know You But I Have Heard So Much About You. Everytime September 11 Come Around for The Past Two Years I Seem To Think About You ! I Know Of You Through Your Wonderful Father && Mother, Sometimes I Even Wish You were Still Here So The Basketball Team Could've Met You.. My Heart && Sympathy Goes Out To Your Parents..
September 11, 2012
My heart still aches for the families who lost loved ones that day. I will never forget you, and I pray for you daily. Love from Texas
Del Newberry
July 12, 2012
Asia, I wish my students and I had gotten the chance to know you as we should have exploring the Channel Islands together. I will never forget you or those who perished with you that awful day. Now I am certain you are a little Angel looking down upon us and I shall one day meet you in Heaven and finally get to know you. Your memory inspired me to be better teacher and continues to inspire me to be a better, more tolerant, more patient, more compassionate person. My heart will never stop aching for your parents.
Kristin Majda
September 12, 2011
Every time I think of Sept. 11, I think of Asia Cottom. Her story resonates with me, I was a teacher in DCPS when this tragedy occurred. Everytime I ride down South Dakota Ave. and pass Backus MS, I think of your daughter, her teacher, and classmates whose lives were tragically taken. Your daughter will always be remembered and now as I have an 11 yr old myself, I think of the pain you must have felt losing her at such a young age. You are forever in my prayers, may God bless you !
Shanna M.
September 11, 2011
Asia you're always on my mind and FOREVER IN MY HEART!!!
Bernadette Jones
September 7, 2011
I still have a vivid memory of Asia with me at Backus. She was always sweet. May God bring you Peace Mr.Cottom, your baby girl is resting in the arms of the lord.

God bless you your wife and son.
Elvisa Wooten
August 30, 2011
To the family of Asia, we think of your daughter everyday. Our son (Trevor)after this tragity happened wanted a memorial bracelet in honor of someone who passed. He chose Asia, she was the same age as him. It has been almost 10 years and he has never taken it off. He as well as our family are reminded of your sweet girl everytime we see his memorial bracelet. It breaks our heart, however we wanted you to know that our family has kept your daughter close to our heart. I don't believe my son will ever take off his braclet, it's stainless steal and engraved with Asia's information. He wears it with so much pride and love in his heart. God Bless. The Haney Family
Kim Haney
August 28, 2011
To Asia's family...
Asia was a great person and will remain in the hearts of loved ones forever. I wish my deepest smyphathy to you ... Keep her memory alive and never forget what a beautiful daughter you have...
Lindzey Kelly
August 23, 2011
You are deeply missed and loved, but I know you are in a much better place.....
Diana Fleming
August 22, 2011
To the family of this sweet, sweet girl, please know that your precious flower is still in my thoughts these 9 years later. I still pray for your family and think of Asia often. Take care and be well.
Sharon Heyward
September 13, 2010
may you rest in peace.
jen bella
September 13, 2010
Catherine Tyrrell
September 12, 2010
You should be a 20-year old college student contemplating how you'll save the world when you graduate. We'll never know what we lost when you and your young friends were taken from us. I can only imagine the sense of excitement with which you boarded your plane for an adventure that was not to be. In hopes that other students might remember you, I dedicated a school book about geography to you. May those who remember you follow your dream. May those who miss you receive the strength to live with the unexplainable. I will always remember you.
Anna Carson
September 11, 2010
May the Lord continue to watch over you.
May His love sustain you and grant you peace. Remembering your Asia today with love.
September 11, 2010
To Angel Asia. They say the Lord makes no mistakes and I must believe in that in order to understand why you were taken so soon. My God grant your family and friends the peace and serenity they seek and provide them with the strength to understand things they cannot change. Your memories are precious and no one can take that away. May God be with you all. Asia, you are always on my mind and FOREVER IN MY HEART!!
Bernadette Jones
August 31, 2010
Asia's Family,
May you receive peace and comfort kowing that others care and will never forget this tragedy. Asia was taken too soon from this life, but no one can take her from her eternal life, and no harm can ever come to her again. God be with you.
Susan Johanson
April 18, 2010
Soon, dear little Asia, there will be no more tears, no more pain, no more sorrow, no more war, no more hate. This is the eternal promise of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We'll see you very soon. Wait for us.
September 13, 2009
Dear Asia's family,

May the Lord send His Holy Spirit to comfort you and give you peace. As a mother and grandmother, my heart grieves for your lost. I pray for a complete healing and that you will remember Asia with fondness. I pray that you can celebrate Asia's life and receive comfort from the Lord on this day.
September 11, 2009
Dear Asia's Family,
As we remember what happened on this day 8 yrs ago, I look at my son who is 9 yrs old I can't imagine the pain you have experienced. My heart breaks for your darling Asia, as a mother I pray for you and your love ones may God find it in your hearts to heal with every fond memory. God Bless you darling Asia may God keep you safe and loved...
Gabriela S
September 11, 2009
Still in my thoughts. You are never forgotten.
Patt S
September 11, 2009
Dear Asia,

I'll always keep you in my thoughts, you are one of God's angels.
Bridgette (Sheena) Williams
September 11, 2009
Dear Asia,
Thinking again of you today!
Kelly Brewer
Kelly Brewer
September 11, 2009
I am so very sorry for your lost. I'm a middle school teacher at an American school in Okinawa, Japan. I'll share Asia's story today in memory of her and all those who are no longer with us. From what I've read about Asia, her family and all who knew her were blessed. I hope those blessings continue for all those left behind. Today we mourn your loss but celebrate Asia's life. Asia is an example of the best in our children and she did give much in way of encouragement to others. Her story is a beautiful one.
September 10, 2009
dear Asia i remeber the good times we shared together at school i remeber your beautiful smile and how it lit the whole room up you was a shinning star for us and i must say you will forever be missed iand down here we missed you and to her father mr cottom stay strong because she is in a better place now
christopher bias
August 6, 2009
It's been 10 years since the 9/11 but we must never forget the victims of it.
Asia is now at peace and will always be with you
i'm so so so sorry
God bless you.
Danny Jacques
May 25, 2009
Always on my mind and forever in my heart!!!!
Bernadette Jones
March 21, 2009
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Doug Abraham
March 8, 2009
Mr. Cottom,
May God continue to bless and strengthen you and your family.

Backus student
Kelly Eddings
December 31, 2008
Words can not express my deep sorrow, as I sit at my desk working, I just can not imagine what you went through and going through. My son at the time was also in Elementary and I can not even breathe when I read about the Children of 9/11 I know that God himself came down from Heaven to Hold each and every child. Please Keep your child smile and laughter in your heart and God will heal your HURT.
December 18, 2008
I have found our Cottom family tree going back at least 400 years in England.
Ian Cottom
December 5, 2008
Ian Cottom
November 14, 2008
Hello to the family again. Once again I wanted you all to know that Asia is still in my thoughts and your family are still in my prayers. It's amazing how someone you never met can still touch your heart and you can never forget them. I will continue to pray for your family and will never forget your precious angel. My best to all of you.
Sharon Heyward
October 28, 2008
I still remember seeing you walking down the hallway at Bunker Hill smiling and being your goofy self....And i know your still smiling looking down, you will never be forgotten, i just hope you save me a spot next to you when i get up there.
Brittany Abosede
September 14, 2008
To the family of Asia Cottom:
Asia gave the ultimate sacrifice at such a young age and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. My deepest sympathy to you. We must never forget!
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
Peggy Childers
September 11, 2008
may God bless and keep you.
I will not forget.
September 11, 2008
Asia's candle is shining bright always in our heart and mind. I know it seems more on this day, but it is every day. I am Lewis H. Cottom Sr. daughter.
Sharen Cottom-Myers
September 11, 2008
My daughter has a 9 11 bracelet with Asia's name on it. They are the same age. We hope that your happy memories of this awesome child have brought you some peace. I saw via her website that you have established a scholarship fund in Asia's name.

Know that she is thought of often and will never be forgotten.

She is resting in peace.

God Bless her and her family.
The Bradfords
September 11, 2008
I will never forget the times we spent at Bunker Hill together, you are always in my heart. One day we will be alongside together in heaven... You will never leave my side, i still feel presence.... I can see why God wanted you closer, you were an angel here, I cant imagine the wonders you are doing now... Love you... Miss you... I assumed you reached a better place...
Lindzey Kelly
July 22, 2008
To the family of beautiful angel Asia Cottom, I will never forget.
Asia you are always on my mind and FOREVER IN MY HEART!!
Bernadette Jones
April 19, 2008
I can't amagine the pain of losing a loved one especially so young. There is so much they havent seen or known. It was such a horrible thing to take the lives of inisent people. I hope that the rest of your likes are filled with joy and happiness.
RS Middle School Student
March 17, 2008
To this day, I didn't realize that there were so many younger lives taken on Sept. 11th. I'll never forget that day or this name since my daughter name is Asia. May GOD bless the family and friends of Asia.
Delana Givens
January 30, 2008
Always on my mind and forever in my heart!!!
Bernadette Jones
December 26, 2007
Dear Cotton Family,
Good Night God Bless to your daughter and our thoughts with you.
Charlotte Lutwyche
December 3, 2007
I live in England and share the same surname, though I don't know if our families are related. I hope the entries in this book help in cherishing her memory. It is heartbreaking to think of the loss of your daughter, but may her family take strength from all the thoughts of friends around the world.
Peter Cottom
October 18, 2007
To the Cottom family, although I did not know Asia, I did go to high school with her dad Clifton. My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. I can only imagine what you are going thru, especially when the anniversary comes year after year. This year marks the 6th year that your little angel was taken from you. But I know that the God we serve is a Mighty God and He is constantly giving you the strength to make make it thru each and everyday. There are good days and bad. May God continue to Bless each and every one of you. Love you all.
Donna Chandler
October 18, 2007
October 16, 2007
Hello again. Just wanted the family to know that I still have not forgotten about Asia. I think of her often. My deepest love and prayers are still with you all. My God give you peace at this difficult time of year, the anniversary of the tradgedy. Stay strong.
Sharon Heyward
September 14, 2007
She would be my age this year, seventeen. The tears are flowing as I write. I never knew her, but I will always remember. May peace be with her and her family forever.

With love, sadness, and hopes for peace,
September 13, 2007
I just realized how little I know the victims of 9/11. I assumed there were children involved, but could not fathom the thought. Like my daughter, Alexandrya, who was killed in a car accident in 2004 - I WILL NEVER FORGET THE CHILDREN!
Kristene Barkley
September 12, 2007
I just want to extend my deepest condolences and just wanted to let you and your family know that I love you all and stay strong. She sounds like she was an amazing young lady. Hold your heads up, and you are right there is no price for your princess. You are in my prayers and may God continue to bless your family.
Danyell Griffin
September 11, 2007
I heard about your family today on the radio "TJMS", and I was struck with somber silence.
I have a son who is scheduled to be deployed to Iraq on Sept. 28 and my wife and I, as well as he, are inflicted with fear and apprehension
Whatever strength you draw upon to go on with your lives. Please share this insight with us as, I am Scared.
My thoughts are with your family and so are my prayers.
Craig Clemons
September 11, 2007
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Cottom
I heard your interview this morning. As a mother myself my heart truly goes out to you and your family. My husband and I are both Active duty sailors and stories like this is what keeps us going each and every day. We strive to make this world a safer place. Please accept this cyber hug from us and May God continue to give you peace that surpasses all your understanding.

God Bless
The Williams Familly
Shawntell Williams
September 11, 2007
In memory..
September 9, 2007
As a mother of 4, I can't nor do I want to know the feeling that the family most feel. Even after so many years, it still saddens me to see this. My heart goes out to you all. Best wishes, and all the love I could send.
Terri Samuel
August 7, 2007
Always on my mind and forever in my heart.
Bernadette Jones
August 3, 2007
your family will always be in our thoughts and prayers
Megan Kathman
August 2, 2007
In memory....
P Tabbernor
July 6, 2007
Always on my mind and FOREVER IN MY HEART!!
Bernadette Jones
June 9, 2007
April 26, 2007
April 26, 2007
My name is Gena Hood and I came across Asia's name from victims 9/11..and every since i have been obsessed with her story i was truley moved to tears,she reminds me of my daughter so so much.My heart goes out to you Mrs.Cottom from one Loving Mother to Another!! Ihave a 2 year old son and when we came across Lil Asia's picture for the first time he replied"Cierra" he thoght Asia was his sister..I immediatley felt a lump in my heart,from that point i made a connection with Asia.Whenever i see an airplane in the sky i think of her,i have a angel that says"God bless America" in her Honor.Asia has her wings baby fly.She will always be in my thoughts as well as the rest of the Cottom family.
gena hood
April 25, 2007
April 25, 2007
April 22, 2007
You are always on my mind and forever in my heart!!!
Bernadette Jones
April 10, 2007
To The Family,
I truly hope you feel the power of love generated from all the people who wish you well. Take everything a day at a time and make it a masterpiece because Asia would want you to do it that way. Stay strong and remember all of us who pray and care for your family. God Bless.
Bernadette Jones
December 5, 2006
In My Pocket

I have memories in my pocket.
They rattle among the change.

My memories of you are treasures I carry wherever I go.

They are stored in bits and pieces, parts of a beautiful whole
They give me comfort when I think I am alone.

Yes, I have memories in my pocket, like so much other stuff I keep there.

But of all the treasures I have, it’s the memories of you that are the most precious.

Nancy Sahlberg
November 11, 2006
Hello again. I signed this guest book years ago when the tradgedy first happened. I just wanted the family to know that I have NEVER forgotten Asia. She is still in my thoughts these many years later. My thoughts and prayers are with you the family and her friends. In my heart, all the way in New Jersey, she will always be. My love to you all.
Sharon Heyward
November 9, 2006
As I cross-stitched your name on the memorial that I am doing for all of the victims, I prayed for you and your family. Please know that your death was not in vain. We will always remember. God Bless.
October 30, 2006
To Michelle Cottom,
I am a mother who would like to reach out to you and share from my heart something that is deeper than the Nile River. I WILL NEVER FORGET ASIA!! Your family is loved and I pray everyday for all of you. I know Asia's brother misses her too I saw you and your family in Ebony Magazine a couple of years ago. Mr. Cottom stay strong also. Remember this is all in God's time not ours. I'm here in Chicago but because I'm so far away don't think we have forgotten, that will never happen. May God continue to provide you with strength during hard times and remember Asia is still with you in a different way. I know you understand (smile).
Bernadette Jones
October 23, 2006
Always on my mind and forever in my heart!!
Bernadette Jones
October 20, 2006
I always pray for her...
and I remember for ever about this tragedy
Franck SILVA
September 14, 2006
We will NOT forget! I pray God will bless your family! I saw the testimony of your mother on the christian channel. I was blessed by watching it. It is devastating to see any life lost, but such a young life is hard to understand. God bless.
September 11, 2006
All lost on that awful day breaks my heart...God bless all...God bless Asia
September 10, 2006
Scott Chamberland
September 10, 2006
Always on my mind and forever in my heart.
Bernadette Jones
August 2, 2006
To Angel Asia,
You are always on my mind, and FOREVER IN MY HEART!!
Bernadette Jones
May 30, 2006
Even though I never knew her, I think of Asia every day.

Her memory inspires me to help others, so that I can help to make the world a better place for every child.
Keith Lafferty
May 16, 2006
I am so sorry for the loss of beautiful Asia. May we never forget those lives lost! My prayers are with you and my heart is broken with yours.
May 6, 2006
To Asia: many blessings for peace in Heaven. Much love to your family.
F. Sade
March 27, 2006
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