Candlelight vigil held for six young people killed in Barrie, Ont., crash

A memorial is shown near the scene of a fatal crash in Barrie, Ont., Monday, Aug.29, 2022. Police in Barrie, Ont., continue to investigate a crash that left six young people dead over the weekend. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jordan OmsteadJordan Omstead/The Canadian Press

Hundreds of tearful mourners are offering tributes and remembering six young lives cut short in last weekend’s car crash in Barrie, Ont.

The six victims, all in their early 20s, were found dead at the site of a single-vehicle crash early Sunday morning, hours after police reported them missing.

Police had identified the six missing people as Curtis King, 22; River Wells, 23; Jason Ono-O’Connor, 22; Luke West, 22; Jersey Mitchell; and Haley Marin.

Tributes have poured in over recent days, eulogizing the victims as future social workers, talented athletes, gifted students and loved sons and daughters.

Mourners left bouquets, candles and messages leading up to and around the base of the Spirit Catcher sculpture near the downtown Barrie waterfront, surrounding headshots of the six victims propped at the base of the statue.

Family members, friends and teammates, some sporting athletic jerseys, wept and tried to console one another as they shared stories about their lost loved ones.


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