The Abbotsford Police Department is dealing with a second tragedy in as many weeks.
On Tuesday, the force confirmed that the victim in a fatal Monday morning rollover in Maple Ridge was the son of Mike Serr, the department’s deputy chief.
Aiden Serr was alone in the vehicle when it flipped over after skidding off Lougheed Highway. The 19-year-old was rushed to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
“You’re with him one day on the weekend and the next day you get a call saying he’s not alive anymore. It’s hard to hear,” said Morgan Gutheridge, one of Aiden’s closest friends.
The news comes amid an outpouring of grief over the Nov. 6 death of APD Const. John Davidson, who was gunned down while responding to a call about a stolen vehicle near the Fraser Valley Automall.
Now, Aiden is being remembered as a supportive son who was helping his father cope with Davidson’s death.
“I know Aiden was really there for his father and he really lifted him up when he was down,” said Trevor Gobillot, a friend. “I think his father is going to hold onto what he said to him and the courage Aiden showed.”
In a statement, the Serr family echoed that thought, insisting that Aiden was a pillar of strength for his father during the week before the crash.
Others in the community offered their condolences to the family, including the Ridge Meadows Minor Lacrosse Association, where Aiden used to play.
“The Ridge Meadows Minor Lacrosse Association mourns the passing of former player Aiden Serr,” the group said in a tweet. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Serr family.”
The Simon Fraser University, where the 19-year-old was studying film and biology, also extended its “deepest condolences” to the family in a Facebook post.
With files from CTV Vancouver’s Scott Roberts
The Ridge Meadows Minor Lacrosse Association mourns the passing of former player Aiden Serr. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Serr family.— RM Burrards - RMMLA (@RMBurrards) November 14, 2017
We're very sorry to hear about the tragic passing of Aiden Serr, who was studying film with us. Our deepest... https://t.co/SD8HW0UXJe— SFUContemporaryArts (@SFUContmpryArts) November 14, 2017