South Surrey’s Cheyenne Sekura died Feb. 22, after taking cocaine that a coroner determined had been laced with fentanyl; Brodie Clements died two months later, also from cocaine and fentanyl. (File photos)

South Surrey vigil aims to remember overdose victims, raise awareness

Candlelight event set to get underway at 7 p.m. Friday

The families of two young South Surrey adults who died earlier this year from overdoses linked to fentanyl have planned a candlelight vigil for Friday evening to mark International Overdose Awareness Day.

The 7:30 p.m. event at the South Meridian field – as with one set to take place in Vancouver on the same evening – is “to remember our loved ones who have succumbed to an ever-growing opioid overdose crisis and to bring awareness to those who have not.”

Cheyenne Sekura, 26, and Brodie Clements, 25, died exactly two months apart – Sekura in February and Clements in April.

Their families shared their stories with Peace Arch News in June, in the hopes of shedding light on the crisis, which last month claimed 134 lives in B.C., according to statistics from the BC Coroners Service.

READ MORE: ‘My friends aren’t going to sell me stuff to hurt me’: South Surrey overdose victim

READ MORE: South Surrey overdose victim ‘had so much going for him’

Friday’s vigil is open to anyone interested in attending. Wristbands, pins and candles are to be handed out starting at 7 p.m., followed by candle-lighting and a moment of silence at 7:30 p.m.

Guest speakers, including Sources Community Resource Centre’s George Passmore – the organization’s manager of counselling and substance use services – are to share a few words starting at 7:45 p.m.; closing words and an opportunity to network begin at 8:15 p.m.

The field is located at the corner of 163 Street and 12 Avenue.

Just Posted

Four Surrey students head to New Brunswick for Canada-wide science fair

Three projects move to nationals following regional fair at KPU

Man ‘seriously’ injured in crash after driving wrong way on Highway 17: Surrey RCMP

Police say the sedan hit a transport truck, then another car

Easter ‘eggstravaganza’ event planned for South Surrey

Event is to run from 12-3 p.m. at Dufferin Park (17355 2 Ave.).

Surrey resident says proposed apartment building is a ‘monstrosity’ in Whalley neighbourhood

Philip Galbraith says he voted for Safe Surrey Coalition to ‘slow down development’

Update: Surrey Mounties found missing man

Kuldip Sandhu, 41, had been reported missing

VIDEO: Alberta man creates world’s biggest caricature

Dean Foster is trying to break the world record for a radio show contest

VIDEO: Giants draw first blood in Western Conference championships

In Game 1 of the best-of-seven series between Vancouver and Spokane, the G-Men emerged triumphant

Multiple people injured after deck collapses during celebration

Emergency responders rushed to the Langley home

B.C. RCMP receive application for Police Cat Services

RCMP announced the launch of the Police Cat Services unit as an April fools joke

Rats available for adoption in Vancouver

In a social media post the City of Vancouver says you can adopt a rat for $5.

Kirkland Signature veggie burgers recalled due to possible metal fragments

Recalled products came in 1.7 kg packages with a best before date of Apr. 23, 2019

Chaos at the ferry terminal for people heading from Vancouver to the Island

Easter crowds create backlog at Tsawwassen ferry terminal

Parents of 13 who tortured children get life after hearing victims

One of their daughters fled their home and pleaded for help to a 911 operator

Crews battle Burnaby blaze; 2 people sent to hospital

Emergency Support Services helping residents displaced by fire

Most Read