Your design nous shone through from an early age and you took that to new heights with your work at LWA Solutions Victor Yuen, FaceMe\nAtta Elayyan was an exceptional person.\nHe was recognised in the CIO100 in 2017and2018 for his achievements with LWA Solutions.\nIf you didn\u2019t know him then, you know him now.\nThe outpouring of support and messages has been incredibly overwhelming and his impact on our communities cannot be understated.\nHe started LWA Solutions nine years ago with Mike Choeung.\nI remember the early days of hard graft and as they tried to find the magic formula.\nWe had such excited conversations about Metro design and the work that they were doing on the Windows platform.\nHe will be remembered by the tech community as an inspiring entrepreneur, mentor and beloved personality.\nIn this tribute to him, I hope I can share a different perspective. It is just one more side of a rich and full life that Atta lived.\nAtta Elayyan, 33, was killed during the mosque shootings in Christchurch\nProud.\nThat\u2019s how I\u2019d describe how I\u2019m feeling about you right now.\nI\u2019m proud to see the number of hearts and minds you\u2019ve touched. I\u2019m proud of your achievements and I\u2019m proud of your heroic actions at the mosque.\nMost of all, I\u2019m proud to have known you and called you my friend.\nYou know I think, besides one other, you\u2019re my longest standing friendship. We\u2019ve some brilliant memories together over the years.\nWhen we were at Christchurch Boys\u2019 High School, I remember the football games we had on the tennis courts backing onto Kahu Road. The chain link fences, the concrete courts and the backpacks we used as goal posts.\nI remember the friendly rivalry we had in graphics class - you, Andy (Andy Au Yeung) and I jostling for top marks in any assignment and the architecture project that was the pinnacle of our time there.\nYour design nous shone through from an early age and you took that to new heights with your work at LWA Solutions.\nHe will be remembered by the tech community as an inspiring entrepreneur, mentor and beloved personalityVictor Yuen, FaceMe\nI remember that time you convinced Andy and I to skip school and go play Counterstrike at the internet cafe in Riccarton.\nWe had just gotten in your old 1990 Legacy GT to drive off when Ms Pears walked out the door and yelled at us.\nDo you remember her saying \u201cYou could have died!\u201d when she found out I was going to drive your car?\nOf course you dohellip; you always poked fun at how it was the one time that Andy and I did anything outside of the rules and the one time we got detention in our whole time at the school.\n'The Legacy GT that got me in trouble'\nMost of all though, there is one thing that really stands out for me about our time at school, it was on a break between classes and I recall we were in the quad outside when a fight broke out between two students. Other boys had gathered around and were watching the drama unfold.\nBut not you.\nYou got in between them and broke it up.\nI remember hoping that one day, I too could be as courageous as that and step in and do what\u2019s right.\nYou inspired me to stand for others.\nYou and I gamed a lot together. I loved your trash talk and it didn\u2019t matter whether you were winning or losing. The trash talk came and there was no end to the laughter and joy that you brought to our LAN parties. You sure brought the fun to the party!\nThinking back, you never seemed to be angry or unhappy. That big smile of yours and infectious playful demeanour would light up any mood. There was never a dull moment.\nAtta being himself (from the album of Victor Yuen)\nThe ripples of your life will continue to have a positive impact in this world.\nWe stayed friends because we had so much in common. We were both playful idiots, loved gaming and cars and found careers in the tech industry.\nI thoroughly enjoyed my trips back to Christchurch - whereupon there would always be an obligatory photoshoot. We\u2019d take your car out for a drive into the port hills and spend heaps of time waxing on about modifications and the styling of the cars.\nThe result of one of these shoots (from the album of Victor Yuen)\nI must admit you had good taste when it came to modifying cars - and you had some real gems.\nThat BMW E30 V8 of yours was a monster and I remember it roaring off like a big muscle car as you drove away. Thanks again, for letting me drive that one, what an experience.\nWe shared a passion for performance cars and in a big way I actually owe this to you. You helped me pick my first car - though you did always laugh and say that I stole your idea.\nI fondly recall buying that Skyline GTS-4, parking it up in the car park outside the Computer Science building at Canterbury University and surprising you.\nAs we walked through the carpark, I said \u201cHey wait, Atta, isn\u2019t that the car that you showed me online the other day?\u201d. We walked over excitedly and peered inside the windows to admire it - at which point I suddenly opened the door and brandished the keys. The look on your face, what you exclaimed, and the bubbling excitement!\nI\u2019ll miss that. I\u2019ll miss sharing that excitement and passion with you.\nI\u2019m not going to be the only one to miss you though. You\u2019ve touched so many lives. I\u2019m but one part and memory of your whole life and it brings me joy to see what a life you\u2019ve lived.\nThe Futsal community, the tech community and Muslim community have come out in such strong support. I\u2019ve read countless heartfelt messages and heard so many beautiful things from mutual friends of ours.\nUndoubtedly Farah and Aya will have much healing to do - but know that because of you, they will have a strong community that supports and loves them. The ripples of your life will continue to have a positive impact in this world.\nGoodbye old friend.\nWe will miss you.\nThe author with his digital double\nVictor Yuen is head of product at FaceMe.