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Marcus Larabie paid tribute by friends, longboarding community

12/29/2014 11:08 EST | Updated 02/28/2015 05:59 EST
The friends of a 14-year-old skateboarder who was struck and killed by a car driven an off-duty police officer have nailed a longboard to a tree near the collision site in Abbotsford, B.C.

Marcus Larabie was an avid longboarder who spent many hours riding with his friends. 

"He always liked my longboard all the time, and then I forgot to get him a Christmas present this year, so I thought maybe it would be respectful to nail it up there," said his friend Wade Saint Ange. 

While investigators piece together the crash, Kyle Geib remembers Larabie as a great friend. 

"I just remember him being a really good person," Geib said.

Larabie's friend David Abbott, meanwhile, hopes their longboard tribute is what people will remember.
 
"He's been our best friend for so long and he always loved to hang out with us, so I guess we'll just give him something to remember us by."

Struck by a car 

The collision happened at 6:15 p.m. PT Friday near the intersection of Mill Lake Road and West Bourquin Crescent in Abbotsford.

The province's Independent Investigations Office, which provides civilian oversight of serious police incidents, said Larabie was airlifted to hospital immediately after the accident, but died of his injuries.

The agency does not believe speed or alcohol were factors in Larabie's death. 

In an interview with the Globe and Mail, Larabie's mother said she's angry with online comments suggesting Marcus was wearing all black clothing — which she denies — as if he was to blame for the crash.

She's also upset the police officer is being singled out for his profession. 

Abbotsford Police said the officer is off from work and the force is providing him support.

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