GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. - Three teenagers died in a crash after leaving a high school football game Friday, police said.
Police told Channel 2 Action News the crash happened in the 4400 block of Steve Reynolds Boulevard near Meadowcreek High School at 10:16 p.m.
When police arrived on the scene, they told Channel 2’s Steve Gehlbach they saw a black Toyota 4Runner that had extensive damage. The SUV was off the roadway and down an embankment.
Four teen boys were in the car, according to police. Police identified them as Brandon Martinez, 18, Nelson Umanzor, 18, Naseer Alwakeel, 16 and Mesiah Allen, 17.
Police said Allen was the only survivor of the crash.
Allen was transported to the hospital in critical condition, police said.
Alwakeel's death is "a shock to the entire family," his uncle, Belal Alwakeel said.
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"He was a stand up student, a solid-A student from when he was young," Belal Alwakeel said.
Friends said Martinez was someone they could always depend on.
"He was a friend you'd want to go to if you had problems so he could motivate you," Kimberly Benitez said.
Friends spent Saturday visiting the crash site where a memorial has been set up.
"The students have to understand that life is much shorter than we think," Meadowcreek teacher Tariq Abdul-Malik said.
Family members said they hope parents never have to share their pain.
"Hug your kids and hug your family and those that you care about because you're not promised tomorrow," Belal Alwakeel said.
Police are investigating if speed was a factor in the crash. Single-car crashes have a number of possible causes, according to federal highway traffic safety authorities.
Gwinnett County Schools gave the following statement to Channel 2 Action News:
"We have been notified that four Meadowcreek High School students were involved in a car accident last night. Tragically, three of the students did not survive and the fourth has been hospitalized.
"The students involved in the accident, three seniors and one junior, have been very involved at the school. We know the loss of three of these young, promising lives will be difficult for students and staff, alike. The school will have its counselors and emergency response teams at the school on Monday to assist those who need help coping with this loss. In the meantime, our prayers are with all of these students' families and the Meadowcreek community as they deal with this loss."
Nasser Alwakeel's father gave Gehlbach a photograph of his son, and confirmed he did attend Meadowcreek High School.
Alwakeel's funeral will be held Monday at 1:30 p.m. at Atlanta Masjid.
Meadowcreek HS students paying their respects to 3 students killed in a crash. RIP Nelson Umanzor, Brandon Martinez, & Naseer Alwakeel. pic.twitter.com/YIzjR8FZfg— Matt Johnson (@MJohnsonWSB) October 28, 2017
Part of SUV still in stream where crash killed 3 just down road from Gwinnett’s Meadow Creek HS where football game just ended Friday night pic.twitter.com/TtxSIy5Gxo— Steve Gehlbach (@SteveGWSB) October 28, 2017
Spot on Steve Reynolds Blvd where looks like SUV lost control on curve near Meadow Creek HS, went over guardrail, into creek killing 3 of 4 pic.twitter.com/x3jcozQKns— Steve Gehlbach (@SteveGWSB) October 28, 2017
Spot where 3 teens in Gwinnett Co killed in crash leaving Meadow Creek FB game. SUV went over guardrail, hit tree, flipped into creek below pic.twitter.com/BMlGuR3Uxx— Steve Gehlbach (@SteveGWSB) October 28, 2017
Father of 16 yo Naseer Alwakeel gave me this photo of his son, killed in crash w/ two other teens and Meadow Creek HS students after FB game pic.twitter.com/RvHHOBY4Gx— Steve Gehlbach (@SteveGWSB) October 28, 2017
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