From ex-teammates to former classmates, lifelong friends to coworkers, there has been an outpouring of grief since a family of four — including two young children — died in a tragic collision at a well-known highway intersection just outside Saskatoon.

Jordan Van De Vorst, 34; his wife, Chanda Van De Vorst, 33, their five-year-old daughter, Kamryn Van De Vorst, and their two-year-old son, Miguire Van De Vorst, died after a two-vehicle collision Sunday around 12:30 a.m. at Highway 11 and Wanuskewin Road.

Jordan and Chanda were extricated from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. Their son and daughter were both rushed to hospital but did not survive.

Catherine Loye McKay made her first appearance Monday in Saskatoon provincial court and is scheduled to appear again today. She is charged with four counts of impaired driving causing death, four counts of dangerous driving causing death and four counts of driving over .08 causing death.

Here is a sampling of the grief, love and memories shared in the days since the crash:

Linda Boryski coached Chanda’s hockey team in 1999, when Chanda was in Grade 12. Later, they became work colleagues, friends and teammates. Boryski said in a Facebook post that the opening of her new clinic, Saskatoon PhysioYoga, seems “so insignificant” following the fatal crash.

“While I struggle with the abrupt loss of a friend, I can’t begin to imagine the pain of those who were much closer to Chanda and the rest of her family. To take grief and magnify it by 4 . … there are no words. For all of us trying to come to terms with the loss of this beautiful young family, may we somehow, someday find peace, grace and forgiveness. I believe that is what Chanda would have wanted.”

Members of the Saskatchewan Aurora Hunters pay tribute to member Jordan Van De Vorst, who along with his family was killed in a crash on Jan. 3, 2016

Brett Stevenson, friends with Jordan since high school, played ultimate Frisbee with him, talked about family with him, played board games with him and more.

“An error in judgment that (allegedly) led this woman to drink without planning a ride home. An error in judgment in thinking she could cross the divided highway before my friend’s vehicle arrived. An error in judgment and four people died. And I will never see my friend again … My friend loved his wife and children more than anything else. They were always the first and last thing he brought up. And his wife was worthy of his great love and attention, for she was kind, sweet, caring, and a perfect match for him. And she loved him.”

Colin Chatfield was a longtime friend of Jordan Van De Vorst and a fellow photographer. Chatfield said Jordan was a talented amateur photographer and founding member of an aurora hunters group that documents the northern lights. Chatfield posted a moving photo on Twitter, showing core members of the group paying tribute to Jordan. “Here’s to you Jordan, our fallen hunter,” the caption read.

“Jordan loved shooting meteors and fireballs as well. It is not a coincidence that that is in this shot. The aurora also came out, even though there was nearly a zero per cent chance of them that night,” Chatfield wrote in a post. 

Many friends of the Van De Vorst family changed their profile photos on social media to an image of a snowflake. The close-up picture, which actually took hours to shoot, is the last photo Jordan posted online.

“Too soon. Too sad,” wrote Scott Antifave on Facebook.

Source: The Star Phoenix

Last updated on: 2016-01-20 | Link to this post