Abraham H. Pishevar II, 18, of Rockville, a freshman at Case Western Reserve University, was killed in a plane crash Monday evening outside Cuyahoga County, Ohio, according to the school’s daily news website.
He was one of four students from nearby Case Western on the single-engine 1999 Cessna 172-R when it apparently developed engine trouble and crashed near Cuyahoga County Airport. Sophomores William Michael Felten, 20, of Saginaw, Mich., who was the pilot, and Lucas Marcelli, 20, of Massillon, Ohio, along with Pishevar and classmate John Hill of St. Simons, Ga., all were killed.
“We are truly heartbroken about these promising lives cut short,” President Barbara R. Snyder said on the school’s website, “and feel profound sympathy for their loved ones and friends.”
Officials are investigating the crash, with investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board expected to arrive there Tuesday afternoon, the school said.
Pishevar was the son of Afshin P. Pishevar and Zahra Mohebi. He graduated this year from Georgetown Preparatory School in North Bethesda, where he was a member of both the varsity football and wrestling teams.
“Abraham embodied the Georgetown Prep mission,” a statement on the school’s website said Tuesday. “He was a dedicated and enthusiastic student and key contributor on both the varsity football and wrestling teams. Abraham joined members of the class of 2014 on a senior service trip to Pine Ridge, South Dakota, last summer. He was truly a man for others.”
Georgetown Prep held a prayer service for Pishevar and his family Tuesday afternoon.
“It is too early to know anything” about a funeral, according to a woman who answered the phone at Afshin Pishevar’s Rockville law office. She said he was out of town and unavailable for comment.