Crash victim Luke West remembered as aspiring lacrosse coach

Luke West is being remembered by the local lacrosse community as a loyal and happy person who will be missed greatly.

West was one of the six young people who was killed in a crash along a rural road near County Road 27 and McKay Road in south-end Barrie. The vehicle was located around 2 a.m., Sunday, but the investigation continues into what happened.

While BarrieToday has chosen not to publish the names of the victims until they can be confirmed, the Barrie Minor Lacrosse Association (BMLA) posted on its Facebook page about West’s death.

BMLA vice-president and Barrie Bombers Junior ‘C’ Lacrosse Club governor Jim Lowe spoke with BarrieToday Sunday morning about the tragedy and how it has affected the local sports community.

Lowe, who indicated he was given permission by the family to speak to the media, said he not only knew the 22-year-old West as a lacrosse player and coach, but he also watched West grow up as a friend and teammate to his own son.

“I’ve known him since Grade 3 or 4. He was this little chubby, short kid and the least athletic kid you could imagine seeing at that point,” Lowe said. “Then at the first tryouts, I watched him shoot and thought this little Grade 3’er shoots like a grown man.”

Lowe said he and the lacrosse community started to become aware of the missing group early Sunday morning. He told BarrieToday that he found out via phone call about West’s death while driving with his son, William, who was a longtime friend and teammate of West’s.


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