The names of the six teens who died in a crash with a tanker truck at a rural Saskatchewan intersection early Saturday morning have been released by RCMP.
Three males and three females died following a crash about six kilometres southeast of Lloydminster, a city on the Saskatchewan/Alberta border.
Police have identified the victims as:
- Aimie Hurley, 14, from Lloydminster
- Mackenzie Moen, 14, from Lloydminster
- Naomi Salas-Schafer, 13, from Lloydminster
- Kristopher Tavener, 17, from Marshall, Sask.
- Tarren Attfield, 15, from Lashburn, Sask.
- Jayden Boettcher, 16, from Marshall, Sask.
Five of the teens died at the scene. A sixth died later in hospital.
The driver of the tanker truck sustained undetermined injuries and is listed in stable condition.
The RCMP have not confirmed the cause of the accident, but say no alcohol was found in the car.
Tavener's parents call their son a "protective big brother and a loving son," a "true and faithful friend" who was a gifted hockey player.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting and spending time in the outdoors.
"A part of our world has been taken, we will never ever forget you and love you always," the family said in a statement.
Boettcher was described by his mother as an avid fitness addict who loved snowboarding and playing basketball.
He was best friends with Tarren Attfield, who also died in the crash.
Lloydminster Mayor Jeff Mulligan says Saturday was a dark day for the community.
"It's a tough day but it's one of those things," he said. "We all should today reach out and hug our kids and grandkids."
In Marshall, friends raised three flags at the school bearing the boys' names. They also wrote their names in chalk on the sidewalk at the school entrance along with the words "Forever in our hearts."