The teen killed in an attempted hit-and-run in Chicago Ridge Monday has been identified.
Amira Nairat, 15, was a Richards High School student who was walking along the 10700 block of Central Avenue when she was fatally struck.
School officials said in a statement "the entire community feels this loss deeply."
Grief counselors were on hand and will continue to be made available in the days ahead.
The driver is in custody but no charges have been filed as of Monday night.
Police say the 25-year-old driver was under the influence of alcohol when he hit Nairat.
Just prior to the crash, neighboring Oak Lawn police had gotten reports of at least three hit and runs along Central Avenue. A Chicago Ridge police officer spotted the driver and gave chase and took him into custody.
“Amira was a quiet but kind student. She was so dedicated to her studies and the happiness of her classmates. While she was just a freshman, her teachers spent the entire day reflecting on her achievements and the value she added to our school,” said Richards principal Mike Jacobson in a statement. “The entire Bulldog community will feel this loss deeply.”
Superintendent Ty Harting mourned her loss as well.
"As a community, we are deeply saddened by Amira’s passing and we are struggling to find meaning in this senseless death. We want to offer our condolences and deepest sympathy to Amira’s family, her friends, and her classmates," Harting said in a statement. "May she rest in peace."