Family of missing La Crosse man celebrate his life

Shalim Shah Augustine missing July 8, found July 11
Family of missing La Crosse man celebrate his life
Shalim Shah Augustine

The 23-year-old man who went missing Tuesday night has been found.

Crews discovered Shalim Augustine’s body in the Black River around 6 p.m. Friday north of where he was last seen with friends.

The La Crosse Police Department said there were no visible signs of trauma on Augustine’s body. An autopsy is scheduled to take place Saturday in Madison.

One day after the discovery Augustine’s family is now left to mourn.

Shalim’s uncle, Reverend Dr. Patrick Augustine, said Shalim’s parents were very quiet Friday night after hearing they have lost their only son.

Patrick Augustine said dealing with this loss is tough, but what comes easy is remembering the great person Shalim was.

“It broke us into 1,000 pieces. We were never prepared for such tragedy,” Rev. Augustine said.

One of the last memories Patrick Augustine has of his nephew is at the Christ Episcopal Church in La Crosse.

“He was here last Sunday, I remember, during the 10:30 a.m. Mass” Patrick Augustine said.

But Patrick Augustine will remember Shalim for much more than his seat in church. Especially the first memory he has of his nephew: giving him a name.

“Shalim Shah Jahan Augustine. Shalim means same roots for peace, shalom, Shah means king, emperor and Jahan means the world, the emperor of the world. So I named him and Shalim was (a) person like that. Everybody loved him, he got along with everybody,” he said.

Since Shalim went missing his uncle said he has seen an outpouring of support.

“I want to say on behalf of Shalim’s family, the whole Augustine family, thank you to the whole community in (the) La Crosse area,” Patrick Augustine said.

Because of the large amount of people helping in the search and everyone’s compassion toward his family, Patrick Augustine invites everyone to join in the celebration of Shalim’s life.

“You are our brothers and sisters, and you’ve shown us in time of tragedy and grieving your concern, and you’ve reached out and touched our lives, and we are blessed,” he said.

The family would also wants to thank the La Crosse Police Department, the staff at Huck Finn’s, and all the friends and family who joined in the search for Shalim.

If you would like to pay your respects a service is being held at the Christ Episcopal Church 111 9th St. North, La Crosse, on Saturday, July 19, at 10 a.m.

Because this is an ongoing investigation, the La Crosse Police Department is asking for your help.

If you have any information related to this case, or if you saw anyone matching Shalim’s description last week, please call the La Crosse Police Department at 608-785-5962.