A good kid.
Someone who knew how to make them smile.
A young man who volunteered to help others.
A problem solver.
These were the words of friends and the members of the close-knit Muslim community Khaled Alchaar belonged to and whose lives he touched.
On Wednesday, they paid their last respects to him for nearly three hours at the mosque of the American Albanian Islamic Center of Wisconsin.
Alchaar, 19, of Pleasant Prairie, died Monday night after he was shot in a parking lot outside a Pleasant Prairie restaurant. No suspects were in custody, and police continue to investigate the homicide.
As his body lay in state in one room, mourners filled the parking lot at the mosque at the 6001 88th Ave.
In another part of the building, members of mosque and fellow Muslims observed daily prayers along with prayers for Alchaar before departing for Oakwood Cemetery in Somers, where he was buried in accordance with Islamic customs.
Abe Durrani of Kenosha remembered Alchaar, who was Durrani’s younger brother’s best friend. Durrani’s brother died of a heart condition when he was 11. Since then, he and Alchaar also became very close, if not best friends.
“He’s just a great caring, loving kid,” Durrani said. “He was always looking out for someone else, trying to help always. If he had something, you would have something.”
Durrani and Alchaar attended the University of Wisconsin-Parkside together, and for a time, Durrani also went to high school with him at Indian Trail High School and Academy.
“He was a great student. He was very popular in school. Everyone loved him,” he said. “He couldn’t fail to put a smile on everyone’s face. He was a beautiful kid.”
Shpetim Idrizi, son of Nick Idrizi, president of the Islamic society, said he has known the Alchaar family. He went to school with Alchaars brothers. The families are close, he said, and have been in Kenosha since the mosque was built in 1989.
“He was a good kid. He was a normal 19-year-old kid, you know?” said Idrizi, still also stunned over his death. “This is the holy month of Ramadan, and we just got through fasting, and this is a time where the emphasis is on peace, and then this happens.”
Jamie Ferkin, of Kenosha, who has known Alchaar since they attended kindergarten at Jane Vernon Elementary, said his friend had a big heart.
“He was so kind-hearted. And, he always knew how to put a smile on everyone’s face,” he said. “He’s always been the same. Nothing every changed about him. He always made everyone around him a lot more happy.”
Tre Williams, a Kenosha area resident and who currently attends UW-Whitewater where he plays basketball, said he and Alchaar would play basketball in their free time, too.
“He was very outgoing. He loved to play sports. We went to the gym all the time,” said Williams who stood outside the mosque with a group of young men who came to pay their last respects. “We were all in a group, all best friends.”
They’d hang out at each other’s houses and often enjoyed going out to eat.
Every couple of days, Williams said he’d speak with him on the phone. Prior to his death, Williams said Alchaar had consulted with him because he was trying to sell a pair of shoes, and he’d asked Williams to help him.
“He was seeing if they were authentic or not,” Williams said. “He was a really good entrepreneur.”
“He was very calm and very friendly and just doing things for others,” said Dr. Syed Haider. “He was very giving. He did a lot of volunteering here and other places. He was a good role model.”
Haider called Alchaar a “problem solver” who was diplomatic in his demeanor around others. He was not a fighter and was “good kid.”
“Our community here, it’s such a peaceful place,” said Haider, referring to the Kenosha area. “I think (authorities) will eventually figure out what happen.”