Family of Teenage Twin Boys Killed in Canadian Sledding Accident Speaks Out: 'Our Brief 17 Years With Them Were a Gift'
Police say six other injured teens remain hospitalized and are "unable to speak to police"
The family of twin boys killed in a sledding accident at a Canadian Olympic park over the weekend say the teens were star students and loved to help others.
The Caldwell family opened up to CBC News about 17-yera-old twin brothers, Jordan and Evan, who died early Saturday after sneaking into Canada Olympic Park, also known as WinSport, in Calgary, Alberta, with their friends.
“Both Jordan and Evan had a deep walk with God. Prayer, Bible reading and living their faith out in practical ways was what made these boys so special,” the family told CBC in a statement.
“Family games night, ping pong, family meals and Bible devotion times were frequent in our home,” the family continued. “We will miss these boys greatly and they will be missed.”
Both of the schools released statements about the tragedy on their respective websites.
Police said in a previous statement that they believe the twins, along with six other boys, snuck into the park after hours and attempted to sled down the bobsled track. Part of the way down, the group crashed into a large gate used to separate the bobsled and luge tracks.
Emergency crews responded to the property at around 1:30 a.m., a Calgary Police Service spokesperson tells PEOPLE. The twins were pronounced dead at the scene.
“The six other males were taken to the hospital for injuries ranging from minor to serious,” the spokesperson says.
In a statement provided to PEOPLE, police said that several of the surviving teens “remain hospitalized and unable to speak with police.”
It is unclear whether any of the teens will face charges for trespassing on the property.
Two memorial sites at Canada Olympic Park have been set up in honor of the twins.
In addition to the teens’ devout faith, the family said that the boys often volunteered, with Evan “on the front lines of meeting the new Syrian refugees.”
In an earlier statement released through Calgary police, the family described Jordan and Evan as “bright lights to all who knew them.”
“We are grieving their loss but confident in their new home of heaven. Our brief 17 years with them were a gift: filled with much love, laughter, and fond memories,” the family said.