Sameer Nevarez had a thirst for life and an infectious smile that could light up a room, loved ones said.
The 18-year-old Burbank resident dreamt of becoming a wealthy businessman to support his mother and family, said his friend and boss David Leach.
Every day, Nevarez rode his skateboard six miles from his home to catch a longer train ride to Anaheim, where he worked with Leach.
“He wanted nothing more than to succeed and be successful,” Leach said.
Tragically, Nevarez’s life was cut short, when he and four friends died Sept. 28 in a fiery car crash in Burbank.
On Saturday, dozens of friends and family gathered Saturday morning in North Hollywood to mourn the loss and remember Nevarez’s life. Many mourners wore white and donned commemorative shirts, which displayed a smiling Nevarez.