Chinese lanterns and balloons to be released in memory of Fazan near road where he was hit

A memorial service will be held to remember popular teenager Fazan Ahmed on Saturday
A memorial service will be held to remember popular teenager Fazan Ahmed on Saturday

Chinese lanterns and balloons will be released in memory of a popular teenager in a park near the road where he was killed by a hit-and-run driver.

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.

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. The HeraldExpress had run a front page article with the headline ‘Turn yourself in, driver told’ earlier that day.

The man has now been bailed by police until late October

The memorial event for Fazan will be held at 7.30pm on Saturday and was organised on Facebook by his friend Jamie Fountain, 16. More than 340 people have said they will be there. Candles will be lit in Fazan’s memory in front of the crowds.

Jamie went to school with Fazan for five years and was in the same form as him.

She said: “He was so loved by everyone. I thought it would be nice for us all to come together and share his life and share memories and do something for him.

“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.

“Everyone is so shocked and devastated. 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.”

Hundreds of people attended the funeral prayers for Fazan at Hemel Hempstead Mosque in St Albans Hill, Bennetts End, on Friday.

Jamie said: “It was really hard, but his family were the most welcoming people I have ever met. They welcomed us all and treated us like family and let us say our goodbyes.

“They were just lovely, but it is very hard for us.”