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Friends: Va. teen killed in crash 'could light up a room'
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STERLING, Va. (WUSA9) --  It was a somber morning at Loudoun Valley High School after a 15-year-old student died in a fiery car crash over the weekend.  

It happened at East Beech Road and North Argonne Avenue in Sterling early Sunday morning. 

Friends say Wilberto Pitre was a great kid and an amazing friend, someone who could light up a room just by walking in. "He was a really kind person and all around good spirit, he always cheered everybody up," says Jadon Quick, a friend of Pitre. 

Loudoun Valley High School was filled with students wearing pink on Monday, as a tribute to Pitre. 

"We all called him Wil, some of the kids called him Bert, I called him Berto when I wanted to have fun with him, he was just a fun loving kid," remembers band director, Rick Reaves. 

Just after midnight on Sunday, 15-year-old Wilberto Pitre was driving in Sterling, according to sources close to the investigation. Sheriff's deputies spotted the car without its lights on and tried to pull him over. But instead of stopping, Pitre sped off, crashing into a parked car and causing a chain reaction. Totaling three cars in all. Pitre's vehicle went up in flames, and he was pronounced dead on the scene. His passenger, a female who was not a student in Loudoun County schools, was rushed to the hospital. Her condition is not known. 

School officials confirm Pitre was a sophomore at Loudoun Valley High School. "We did let the students know last night what happened, so they are coming in aware, this isn't a total shock to them," says Wayde Byard, the public information officer with Loudoun County Schools. 

Still, the news is difficult for many students, especially his close-knit group of friends in the band. "He loved being around people," remembers Reaves the band director. "He was all about other people, he was always asking, how are you doing today? Is everything good?  He would sit with someone if they were hurting, just a great kid to be around. He's part of our family, so we will come together for him." 

Police have not released the name of the passenger or her condition. 

Police say they do not believe any other criminal activity was involved, just an inexperienced driver. 

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