COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo (KKTV) - In the dark corner of the Albertacos parking lot, roughly 100 people huddled together Sunday night.
Some people were crying, some were sobbing, but everyone looked towards the memorial for high school sophomore Nate Czajkowski with somber faces.
"He was always our hype man, like, he always got us in a good mood. He was there for everyone,” Aden Archuleta told 11 News, describing his late friend as "never not happy."
Aden admitted Nate had invited him out to get tacos Saturday night, but Aden turned him down.
Aden's dad then told him what happened overnight.
“He said that they [Nate and friends] were at Albertacos eating and somebody drove by and shot him."
Eventually, mourners began to speak up over the crowd, recounting how much they will miss him and pledging to see him again.
“He definitely made an impact on everyone he met. He was the definition of a real one. You want to know what a real one is, that’s Nate.” Sean Johnson and Siandre Agaalii added.
According to our news partners at the Gazette, Nate started high school at Doherty and had just transferred to Coronado this fall.
His friends say he was on the football team and wrestled for Doherty. He was also well-known for his music career.
"He was going to eventually make it one day. When I say that, I mean it, he was going to make it,” Sean said, showing 11 News the late teen's album on Apple Music.
"He was a good guy and didn’t deserve to go.”