Friends remember car crash victims

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    A personal note accompanies flowers cut from a friend's garden. (Photo by Larry Vogel)
    A personal note accompanies flowers cut from a friend’s garden. (Photo by Larry Vogel)
    (Updated at 11:13 p.m. with memories about Zachary Langer)

    A friend of Noah Vires, one of two local teens who was killed in a car accident on July 23, says he was loyal and funny.

    He was kind of an older brother figure to me,” Reece Gullings, who has known the 15-year-old since they were both very young, said. “He was just a big teddy bear and he was always standing up for his friends. In school he was a little bit of a troublemaker and joker, he had an awesome sense of humor and he never was sad, he had a great outlook on everything.”

    The Snohomish County Medical Examiner on Monday officially identified Vires, of Lynnwood, as one of the two people in a BMW sedan who died after the vehicle went over an embankment off Olympic View Drive late on Friday night. Vires is 15, though police initially identified him as 16 years old. The medical examiner also officially identified Zachary Langer, a 16-year-old from Edmonds, who was driving the car and died in the crash. Three other passengers survived, but two were critically injured and remain at the hospital.

    Brianna Knotts, a senior at Edmonds-Woodway High School who attended classes with Langer, said he was “like my brother to me. When I needed someone to talk to he was there. Everyone looked up to him.”

    Noah Vires’ uncle posted this Go Fund Me page to help the family pay for the 15-year-old’s burial expenses. Vires’ father died three years ago, and was the family’s primary provider.

    To read more details from our online news partners The Seattle Times, click here.

    –Reporting by Stephi Smith

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