NEWS
04/29/2018 15:13 EDT | Updated 04/30/2018 12:12 EDT

3 Cree Boys Dead In Nelson House, Man. After Being Hit By Vehicle

The boys were 11-13 years old.

NELSON HOUSE, Man. — RCMP have charged a man with impaired driving offences in the deaths of three boys run down on a road in northern Manitoba.

Todd Norman Linklater, who is 27, faces charges of impaired driving causing death and failing to remain at the scene of an accident.

Mateo Moore-Spence and Terrence Spence, both 11, and Keithan Lobster, who was 13, were hit by a vehicle on Saturday night north of Nelson House.

Two of the boys were walking and one had been riding a bike.

Marcel Moody, Chief of Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation, says the boys were good kids who liked to have fun and often played at his home with his grandchildren.

A vigil was planned for tonight at the road site where they died.

Perry Bellegarde, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, sent condolences to members of a Cree First Nation based in Nelson House Sunday.

"My heart goes out to the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation and the families of three young boys tragically killed last night while out for a bike ride. Extending love and support to all who knew them," Bellegarde wrote on Twitter.

Others also tweeted their support for the community.

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister posted his thoughts: "Our hearts go out to the families of three young boys who left us far too soon. To the entire community of Nelson House and NCN, we mourn this heartbreaking loss with you."

The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs tweeted condolences on behalf of Grand Chief Arlen Dumas and assembly members.

Nelson House is about 800 kilometres north of Winnipeg and 80 kilometres west of Thompson, Man. It is made up of four reserves, according to the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation's website.

The Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation has around 4,600 members.