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Entire Naperville Family Perishes In Crash In India

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Iqbal Habib, left, and his wife, Zeenat, and their children Ahshaz and Fareeza, died last week in a car accident in India. (CBS)

Iqbal Habib, left, and his wife, Zeenat, and their children Ahshaz and Fareeza, died last week in a car accident in India. (CBS)

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NAPERVILLE, Ill. (CBS) — Four members of a prominent Naperville family have been killed in a tragic traffic accident while on vacation in India.

On Monday, Nizar Jiwani pored over the Facebook page of Iqbal Habib, remembering his friend of many years and the family that perished with him.

It was a terrible accident in the Kirawali area of the sub-continent. Habib had taken his wife, Zeenat, from their home in Naperville on a sight-seeing trip of his native India. It was the first trip there for their two children.

“We were hearing about the trip and they were having a great time. They talked about how much they enjoyed the Taj Mahal,” Jiwani tells CBS 2’s Mike Parker.

On Friday, the driver of their vehicle lost control. There was a horrific crash. The driver survived, but killed were all four members of the Habib family, including 6-year-old Ahshaz, and 10-year-old Fareeza.

Now their friend Jiwani prays for them.

“That gives us comfort, knowing, remembering that we all go back to God and our souls are always eternal,” he says.

Grief counselors have been at work at Spring Brook Elementary School where the two children went to school.

“They were a wonderful family. We’re just grieving. The students and teachers are really shaken up,” Principal David Worst says.

Jiwani is, too. That was apparent as he looked at that Facebook page with the photos and messages from the family on that tragic trip.

“It’s great to be able to see their faces and remember them. But it’s a little bit hard to know that you won’t be seeing them again all the time,” he says.

Iqbal Habib owned two fast-food restaurants in the suburbs and was active in community life. His wife was a mortgage counselor for JP Morgan Chase.

A private funeral service will be held at Ridgewood Cemetery in Des Plaines.

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