By all accounts, Adnaan Rahman was a hard-working, intelligent young man with a bright future.
He loved rugby, was a member of the Model United Nations and worked parttime at a Panera restaurant. And as exhibited by the hundreds of students who gathered at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church on Monday night, he was well-liked.
Rahman's life was cut short a day earlier when the car he was in flipped over and burst into flames on the Reagan Memorial Tollway.
Rahman and his friend, Nasir Shaik, were headed westbound on Interstate 88 near Winfield Road shortly after 11 p.m. when their Porsche Carrera sideswiped a Dodge minivan, spun out, then flipped several times before coming to rest in a nearby ditch, authorities said.
The car was fully engulfed in flames when emergence crews arrived, said Illinois State Police Sgt. Robert Story.
Both teens died at the scene.
"We had classes together. (He was) really funny, outspoken, outgoing. He was a class clown. It's just amazing to know he's alive one minute and the next he's gone," said his friend, Johana Ruiz.
While authorities haven't officially released the identities, friends are talking openly about Rahman, a student at Waubonsie Valley High School.
"It kind of just makes you step back and just think about your own life and the decisions you're making, the choices you're -- yeah, what you do and how everything can just come to an end with no warning at all," said Chris Swanson, who worked with Rahman at the sandwich shop.
Though Rahman was Muslim, a staff member at the Catholic church said students were coming in all day on their own to pray and find comfort.
The church later offered up the space for Monday night's vigil. Rahman's friends did the rest, sharing text messages letting them know of the time and place to gather.
State police are still investigating the crash and it's unknown whether alcohol was a factor.
No one in the minivan was injured.