Bobs Lake accident: community mourns 3 young victims

The three people who died in last weekend’s tragic collision between a speedboat and a fishing boat north of Kingston will be remembered on Friday.

Juliette Côté, 22, Riley Orr, 23, and Kaila Bearman, 21, were pronounced dead at the scene.

The incident occurred around 9:30 pm on Saturday, May 18 in the Buck Bay portion of Bobs Lake, approximately 140 kilometers southwest of Ottawa.

Côté had just graduated from St. Lawrence College. She co-owned a design company with her mother and was described as very excited to begin the next chapter of her life.

A celebration of life was held for Côté at his family home on Friday.

Orr had been working with Frontenac Plumbing Service FPS since graduating high school. In a Facebook post, his former employer says, “We had the privilege and pleasure of watching him develop into an outstanding young man with so much potential.”

A celebration of Orr’s life will be held on Friday, May 31; A day earlier he would have turned 24 years old.

“Riley was quiet but had a huge, kind heart and could light up a room with his smile,” his obituary reads.

Bearman is described by family and friends as creative and with a great sense of humor.

In a post on Facebook, her aunt, Myra Stonier, says, “She was such a creative, beautiful young woman and such a beautiful soul. We still find it hard to imagine that we lost her. We love you, Kaila, and you will be.” really missed.”

Ontario Provincial Police concluded their investigation at the scene on Wednesday, but no new details have emerged.

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