The family of 15-year-old Teagan Johnson, an avid and talented hockey player, was devastated when his body was found Saturday on a lawn in the central Alberta community of Hobbema.
Friends say Johnson was walking home from a friend's house when he died sometime before his body was discovered on the front lawn of a Samson Cree First Nation home around 9 a.m. Saturday.
Police won't say before the autopsy scheduled for Tuesday how the teen died, but say they are treating the death as suspicious.
The town set up a memorial in the community centre and is holding a vigil and memorial walk tonight to mourn the popular teen.
Johnson was the second oldest of four children, a Grade 10 student in Ponoka, Alta., and was a passionate hockey player who had been scouted by more senior levels, CBC News was told.
"Teagan had aspirations to become someone outside of the reserve," said his aunt Cheryl Montour, who called him an amazing and honest young man.
Community members said he was a good person and not involved in any of the gang activity that plagues the community.
"There's so many youth who sometimes are mistaken for gangs because of the place that they live," she said. "Teagan was aware."
His team dedicated their game to him on Sunday and presented Johnson's sweater to his family.