UPDATE - April 11, 2018: Humboldt Broncos athletic therapist Dayna Brons died of her injuries in hospital, 5 days after the bus crash. She is the 16th fatality in the accident.
Canadians are at a loss for words after hearing the news of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash in Saskatchewan that has left 15 dead and 14 injured. But that doesn't mean they haven't found touching ways to honour the people who died.
On social media, some people are sharing artwork inspired by the junior hockey team to show their support and condolences to those affected. The images, which are being shared using the hashtag #humboldtstrong, capture the pain and heartbreak felt across the country.
I am not always good with words.... I am not a hockey parent, a coach, or a billet. But I am deeply saddened by this tragedy and how many people are affected by it. I wanted to show my support to all those who are hurting, in the only way I know how. ♥?? . . . #deannabrownart, #art, #artist, #artwork, #graphite, #sketch, #drawing, #humboldt, #humboltstrong
One mom shared a drawing by her daughter, which reveals that even the youngest Canadians understand the loss in some capacity.
"To translate a kindergartener's spelling: 'Jesus with hockey players and coaches,'" she captioned the photo.
The accident occurred on Friday evening when a tractor-trailer collided with the hockey team's bus. The exact cause of the crash is still unknown.
The team's head coach, 41-year-old Darcy Haugan, was among the 15 people who died. His niece, Sarah Hope, shared a painting she made in his memory.
"I don't know how to deal with this," she wrote on Instagram. "Please Pray for my auntie, my cousins, my grandparents, my mom, and for all he families of those lost and healing. We grieve together."
"This painting is unfinished, because it still just isn't doing him justice," she added.
Canadians have also started leaving hockey sticks on their porches to honour the victims.
Got this text from a friend who I went to high school with in Humboldt.— Brian Munz (@BrianMunzTSN) April 9, 2018
Inviting you to do the same as we remember and send our thoughts to the #HumboldtBroncos.#PrayersForHumboldt #Broncostrong #Humboldtstrong #theSJHL #TSNHockey pic.twitter.com/HHwZyUZ5KG
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