It was a heartbreaking scene on Sunday afternoon at a makeshift memorial to three young teenagers who were killed in a vehicle collision early Saturday morning.
Parker Magnuson, Ronin Sharma and Caleb Reimer, aged 16 and 17, died after the vehicle they were traveling in struck a tree in the 16000 block of 104th Avenue at 2:47 a.m.
Sunday afternoon, the foot of the tree was lined with bouquets of flowers and hockey sticks.
All three boys recently played with Delta Hockey Academy before moving on to junior hockey.
As media documented the makeshift memorial, a Surrey RCMP asked reporters to refuse their cameras as one of the victim’s family members came to pay tribute to his loved one.
Overwhelmed with grief, family members hugged each other at the foot of the tree in silence before reading some of the notes left by people who knew the teens.
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“May you find love, support and comfort during this difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers, ”read one of the notes, which was attached to a hockey stick.
“Rest quietly buddy.” Heaven has won another angel, ”said another note.
The loss is felt throughout the hockey community both locally and beyond.
The Vancouver Canucks have shared their condolences online, as has the National Hockey League.
“The NHL sends its love and deepest condolences to the families of junior hockey players Caleb Reimer, Ronin Sharma and Parker Magnuson who tragically died in a car crash on Saturday,” the NHL tweeted.
“Rest in peace boys. “
We are deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death of #OilKings Caleb Reimer, first-round pick in 2019 Draft, at age 16. Caleb was part of our family and will be a huge loss in all of our hearts.
– The Oil Kings of Edmonton (@EdmOilKings) August 22, 2021
The Langley Rivermens, where Sharma played in her sophomore year, also released a statement.
“Today we lost a young man who made each of our lives better and brighter every day he came to play the game we all love,” the Rivermens tweeted. “We have also brought together two other young men who lost their lives in the same incident and we wish to convey our deepest condolences to their families.”
Surrey RCMP said the organization was in mourning and stood with friends and family of the victims.
Police said officers and support workers will be on site Sunday and Monday afternoon outside the Fraser Heights Recreation Center to offer support.