Memorial pays tribute to Alaska Highway murder victims

A trucker from Whitehorse has made a memorial for two young international tourists murdered on the Alaska Highway last month.

Ed Grennan told CBC News he put up the memorial near Liard Hot Springs in memory of Australian Lucas Fowler and American Chynna Deese. Their bodies were found on the side of the road on July 15, just south of the popular tourist destination.

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The memorial includes a floral cross set between the American and Australian flags. Grennan told CBC he drives the highway twice a week delivering goods to Fort Nelson.

"I lost a kid myself and I know. Everybody says they know, but I know," Grennan said. "The family that must be going through torture right now ... A lot of families are hurting."

Their suspected killers, Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky were found dead in the northern Manitoba brush on Aug. 7, ending a weeks-long nationwide manhunt that involved the police and military. The two appeared to have shot themselves to death, police said.

They were also wanted for the murder of Leonard Dyck, a Vancouver botany professor, whose body was found on Highway 37 near Dease Lake on July 19.

Click here to read more about Grennan's memorial.

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