Hundreds mourn the loss of 16-year-old schoolmate
Hundreds of students from Ottawa’s Franco-Cite High School wore white Monday in memory of 16-year-old Julio Nibigirwe.
“We're wearing white because it's his favourite colour,” said Alain Azar.
Nibigirwe, along with a 21-year old, lost their lives early Saturday morning after the vehicle they were passengers in crashed at River Road and Lowen Drive in Ottawa South.
Police say both passengers were ejected from the minivan. They are still investigating whether seatbelts were worn.
“It's pretty sad. A lot of people are crying about it. It's something really tragic that happened,” said Anthony Kiwan, a friend. “He's going to be remembered for a while. We miss him.”
Nibigirwe’s school locker is where students are stopping to remember their friend.
“It was really hard to take. I couldn't believe it at first. I was shocked,” said Jack Zeidan.
The Nibigirwe family says Julio was an “all-around great guy” who loved music, sports and his friends.
“We get through these events as a family,” said Marc Bertrand, Principal at Frano-Cite High School. “It's very tight-knit and all students are helping each other get through this.”
Students say they will continue to wear white in the coming days. Some students are also making and selling bracelets to help the Nibigirwe family during this time.
With a report from CTV Ottawa's John Hua.