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UPDATE: Two young Chilliwack men who died in Fraser River remembered by friends

Friends of one of the two young men who died in the Fraser River on Sunday gather Monday before classes at a makeshift memorial in a parking spot at Chilliwack secondary school. - Paul J. Henderson
Friends of one of the two young men who died in the Fraser River on Sunday gather Monday before classes at a makeshift memorial in a parking spot at Chilliwack secondary school.
— image credit: Paul J. Henderson

Two young men who loved four-by-fouring and motorcross are dead after the pickup truck they were in apparently slid into the Fraser River at Ballam Road early Sunday morning.

Chilliwack Search and Rescue (CSAR) attempted to access the scene after 1 a.m. with its jet boat but turned back because of ice.

CSAR volunteers then waded into the water to recover the two deceased individuals, according to reports.

Social media lit up Sunday with sympathy for the friends and families of the men who died, and students gathered at Chilliwack secondary school (CSS) before classes Monday. A memorial with flowers framed by stones was placed at the parking spot at CSS where one of the two males parked his vehicle. Friends placed items such as beer cans and chewing tobacco among the flowers and next to a picture of the young man.

There are few details so far regarding what happened and the names of the men have not officially been released, although online tributes made it clear who died.

The most recent post visible to a non-friend on the Facebook page of one of the young men, from June 16, 2015, is of a truck in a field that appears to be identical to the one in the CSAR image posted on Twitter Sunday.

The other young man's most recent Facebook image post is also of a pickup truck.

The two men were highly involved in the local motorcross community as well.

"The motor [sic] family is saddened by the loss of such amazing kids," a post from the Popkum Motor Park posted Sunday afternoon said. "Gone to [sic] soon but never forgotten. Our sincere condolences to the . . . families, friends and all affected in such a tragic loss."

"Still in shock that I lost two good friends from school R.I.P.", said a friend.

"Man I remember the days when we would just drive around for hours on end wasting gas," said another friend of one of the men who died. "You were the funniest but also the nicest kid I've met. You will be missed man. And you were and will always be loved."

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