Hundreds pay tribute to popular Fazan in emotional service two weeks after he was killed by hit-and-run driver

Chinese lanterns and balloons were released on Saturday night to pay tribute to the popular teenager who was killed by a hit-and-run driver two weeks ago.

Fazan Ahmed, 16, was struck in Jupiter Drive, Highfield, at about 8.25pm on Friday, August 22, by a driver who stopped briefly, before fleeing the area.

Chinese lanterns and balloons are released and candles lit in memory of popular teenager Fazan Ahmed

Chinese lanterns and balloons are released and candles lit in memory of popular teenager Fazan Ahmed

The former student of Adeyfield School, who loved football and was a fan of Arsenal, died of his injuries two days later in St Mary’s Hospital, London.

A 20-year-old man from Berkhamsted handed himself in to police four days after Fazan’s death.

Candles were lit in Planets Park, Highfield, on Saturday as hundreds of people gathered to pay tribute to him in an area not far from the road where he was hit.

A message posted on the RIP Fazan Ahmed Facebook page afterwards thanked everyone for attending.

It said: “It was the perfect send off and would just like to thank everyone again and remind everyone to please keep him in your Prayers. Thank You.

“Rest In Peace Faz x”

Memorial event organiser Jamie Fountain, 16, who went to Adeyfield School with Fazan for five years, said: “He was so loved by everyone.

“My fondest memories of Fazan are of him cracking jokes. He had a great sense of humour and was so funny and made everyone laugh in school and was very polite and respectful.

“He was hilarious and really intelligent and so kind.

“His friends are devastated and really upset. He was so popular and friends with everyone. He did not just stick to one group. He mingled with everyone.

“He was so lovely – and was out all the time. He was never indoors – you could just go out and bump into him – and he was always with someone.”