Memorial service held for Devin Meadows
October 24, 2012 (AURORA, Ill.) -- A memorial service was held at Faith Lutheran Church in Aurora Wednesdsay evening for the 15-year-old student killed during an apparent joy-ride Tuesday.
Meadows was a sophomore on the Metea Valley High School football team and a track athlete. His classmates were so affected, many were allowed to simply leave school for the day Tuesday. They remember Meadows for his upbeat personality, sense of humor and smile.
"He has the biggest smile and he's such a nice person. He affected so many people that he didn't even know because he was just so nice to everyone," said Undra Hall, student.
"This is probably the first time Undra has lost someone really, really close to her so it's affect her a lot," said Angela Hall, Undra's mother. "We are just trying to be as supportive as we can with our kids, to be there for them, to allow them time to talk, to allow them time to grieve."
"I don't think anyone will sneak out or go out past curfew," said Mercedes Saulsberry, student. "It was really tragic."
Earlier Wednesday, students at Metea High were wearing white to honor Meadows.
"I talked to him earlier on Friday, he said we're going to go smash pumpkins this weekend. If you want to come, I'll let you know," said Mohsin Ahmed, friend.
At around 1:43 a.m. Tuesday, Aurora police were called to the scene and Meadows was pronounced dead on the scene.
The driver and three passengers, who were all 15, were northbound on Stonebridge when the driver apparently lost control of the vehicle and traveled through a grassy area striking the house.
Meadows was ejected from the car. The other passengers suffered minor injuries.
The driver has not been charged. There was extensive damage to the home. No one was injured inside the house.
"The house shook, and immediately someone rang the bell. Some teenagers were running around. We thought it was a Halloween prank," said homeowner Joshila Chandra.
"We're still talking to kids in the car, so we don't, specifically what they were doing at that time, we assume they were joyriding some kind of prank, that's what we assume," said Lt. Pete Inda, Aurora Police Department.
Police don't believe drugs or alcohol were involved in the accident
"None of the kids had driver's licenses, the driver had a permit, but with that you're supposed to be with a parent or licensed driver and none of the kids had licenses," said Inda.
"He was one of my best friends. He was one of those people who could always make you smile. He was always there for everyone, no matter what. Even if he was not friends with them, he would always just be there for you," said Kathy Orta, Meadows' friend.
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