Yabsrat Ytatek and Samir Ali Death – Obituary News: On Monday evening, hundreds of people gathered at the crash scene on 10th Avenue for a candlelight memorial in memory of Yabsrat Ytatek, 17, and Samir Ali, 18. We are all in utter disbelief’: A tragic car accident in Burnaby has the community in mourning.
This past week, members of the Ethiopian community in the Lower Mainland gathered in Burnaby for the purpose of showing their support for the families of two young men who were killed when their vehicle collided with another vehicle that was purportedly attempting to elude police.
On Monday, hundreds of people gathered on 10th Avenue at Sixth Street, the location of the crushed Toyota Yaris that had been occupied by Vancouver’s Samir Olyad Suleiman Ali, 18, and Burnaby’s Yabsrat Habtamu Ytatek, 17, after the fatal crash on July 26 at approximately 11 p.m.
The two were on their way back home after participating in a soccer practice in New Westminster. “We all are saddened. Jemal Kurtu, a close friend of the Ali family as well as their neighbor, expressed how devastated everyone in the community is. Kurtu described both of the adolescents as influential members of the Ethiopian community to which they both belonged.
Both of the adolescents were the firstborn sons of large families. Ytatek and his family fled their home in Somalia and made their way to Canada as refugees eight years ago. He was getting ready to attend Byrne Creek Community School’s 12th grade the next school year. He was a superb player who had his sights set on receiving a soccer scholarship and eventually playing the sport professionally. He had his heart set on doing both. He was the eldest of his five brothers and sisters.
“Yabsrat was a wonderful big brother and example to look up to. His younger brother, Teka, addressed the audience and stated, “I’m very proud of the man that he became.”