Vigil to mark lives of two Surrey teens murdered 20 years ago

Chris Lussier and Paul McDaniel were killed under the Pattullo Bridge.

A candlelight vigil is being held in Surrey on Oct. 19 for murder victims Chris Lussier (left) and Paul McDaniel.

A candlelight vigil will be held Saturday (Oct. 19) to remember the lives of two teens who were shot to death in Surrey 20 years ago.

Paul McDaniel, 15, and his best friend Chris Lussier, 16, were murdered beneath the Pattullo Bridge on Sept. 11, 1993.

A third teen was also shot in the head, but survived.

John Joseph Arniel is serving a life sentence for two counts of second-degree murder.

The family chose not to have the vigil on the exact anniversary date of the teens’ deaths so as to not give the killer any more power than he already has had over their lives.

“The loss of these boys has left a hole in two families that can never be filled and forever changed the lives of all that knew and loved them,” said Lussier’s sister Wendy Chapman. “The world was a better place with them in it and they are forever missed.”

The vigil will be begin at 6:30 p.m. at Valley View Cemetery, 14644 72 Ave.

Attendees are asked to meet at Lussier’s niche where his cremated remains are, and the group will then proceed to McDaniel’s grave. Candles will be provided.

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