Lake Forest High School Classmates Remember Hussain as Funny, Smart, Kind

Community pays respect following teen's tragic death.


In the short 15 years Farid Hussain was alive, he put a lot of smiles on people's faces.

Several of his friends at the student's visitation Friday morning (Jan. 13) at The Memorial Chapel in Waukegan wrote of his sense of humor on a blank board that was anchored by a color photograph of Hussain and four other students dressed in makeup and unusual costumes.

when he walked into the path of a southbound Metra Train at the Western Avenue and Ryan Place crossing in Lake Forest. More than 100 people turned out Friday to pay their respects to the Lake Forest sophomore, who is the son of Samira and Iqbal Hussain. The family plans to bury their son in London.

One friend who was in Hussain's English class the past two years, wrote, "You could make the entire class smile."

Added another, "I miss seeing your smile every day. You lit up the room."

Similar postings described Hussain as, "so smart and funny. A sweet boy. Funny and kind," who had a "beautiful smile."

A fellow biology student added Hussain was the "nicest, funniest and smartest kid."

Another wrote: "You always had something so smart and funny to say. You always surprised me with your brilliance, and there was literally no question that you couldn't answer. You have brought me so much laughter over the years and I'll smile when I think of you."

Several of Hussain's friends spoke during an open opportunity to share stories and anecdotes about him.

Niko Kyriacou, who identified himself as one of Hussain's closest friends, said "he was a really good kid."

"When you got to know him, he was a really loving, caring guy. He had the best laugh," Kyriacou said.

Another friend noted Hussain's quiet nature, but that when he did speak, people listened.

"Farid was one of the most clever and intelligent people I’ve ever met in my life. He had a type of silent charm. He was sensitive, kind and had a great sense of humor. His wit and profoundness was unmatched. Farid, you were always a ray of sunshine, and it was inevitable that people would smile when they were in your company. On the day you left, the sun was shining brighter than ever before."

teacher Mary Courtney wrote a letter about Hussain that was read at the visitation. In it, Corpier recalled Hussain's strong writing skills and how she felt lucky to "have some bits and pieces of his remarkable stories that he asked me to edit with him over the last couple of years."

"He was gifted in so many ways," Courtney wrote. "Academically, in personality, but most of all in spirit. He was always kind. Always gentle. And knew exactly how to use humor in a situation when the situation needed it. He will not be forgotten, but remembered always for the smiles, quips and many kindnesses with which he was so generous."

Iqbal Hussain, Farid's father, thanked the community for their outreach this past week, and read the lyrics from John Lennon's song, "Beautiful Boy," to honor his son. (See the attached YouTube video of Lennon's song).

One of Hussain's friends, classmate Yasin Mekki, penned a poem for Farid that may have best summarized what the past week has been like.


Unexpected Storm

No one saw the windstorm coming

No one expected as much, it never crossed their minds

But, nonetheless, the dark clouds formed above our heads

And still no one saw, no one even blinked

But then the wind was upon him

The cold wind of death

It whipped across our faces

Its touch icing our hearts

As it carried him beyond the horizon

To unknown lands

My student, my friend, my brother, my son

And yet the storm has brought us closer then ever before

Now a different storm concerns us

As the snowflakes fall

Wetting our skin with life

We feel the memories before us

And ahead of us

God Bless Farid, Rest in Peace

lfcitizen January 19, 2012 at 05:20 AM
Though I never knew you, Farid, my heart and others' break for you. Your pain is our pain, and though you may have felt at the end of your rope, your memory will live on inside those who knew you. Let this immeasurable loss show others in despair that there is always hope, and that our entire community will know what our actions might mean to one person who felt wholly alone. We can only wish now that we had reached out to you sooner. It is easy to overlook another person when facing our own pain, but it's a hard lesson learned that enough caring will always rise above desolation. Though we didn't know you needed to be saved, your memory moves our hearts so that somehow, it was you who saved us. Live on, Farid.
Karen March 07, 2012 at 07:42 PM
What a loss. I feel such sadness for the boy, his family and friends. All my prayers.


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