A statement sent to the media by Alex McCormack's family asks people to remember his life, rather than focusing on his death.

"First of all we want to thank the overwhelming outpour of love and support from our family, friends and the Saltfleet High School community during this most difficult time," the statement says.

"Alex was a funny, kind and amazingly talented young man who touched the lives of many. We ask that those who knew Alex to remember him for how he lived and not how he died. Celebrate his love of family, friends and music.

"There are many questions still to be answered, some of which we will never know. We ask that at this time you provide us with the time and privacy to grieve the loss of our wonderful son and brother."

McCormack was one of two teens who died on the roadway beneath the Jolley Cut overpass on Saturday morning. Irn Mace was identified by friends interviewed near Saltfleet District High School as the other student.

When contacted by phone, a member of the Mace family said "thank you for respecting the privacy of the family."

A funeral service for Irn Mace will be held at Bay Gardens Funeral home, William J Markey Chapel at noon on Saturday, June 23. In lieu of flowers, the family said it would appreciate donations to the SPCA.

At 6:26 a.m. last Saturday, police received a call that two youths were "very seriously injured" near the roadway of the Clairmont Access beneath the Jolley Cut overpass, Hamilton Police Service say. They died soon after.

It appears the two Saltfleet District High School students went off the roadway at one of the highest points.

The cause of death is still unknown.

Toxicology screening is being conducted but it will take a couple of months to get results, said Dr. Jack Stanborough, Hamilton's regional coroner.

"The manner of death is what we'll conclude once we know the cause of death," he said.

The two boys were the third and fourth student deaths at Saltfleet this semester.

The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is investigating the incident.

An off-duty police officer who had just finished his shift saw the teens around 5:30 a.m. on Saturday at the Jolley Cut, a winding road that cuts through the escarpment and connects the downtown to central Hamilton above the escarpment. He warned them that the area was not safe and contacted police communications after they walked away.

SIU spokesperson Monica Hudon would not confirm whether the deaths were accidental.