The deaths of two Kamloops brothers, whose bodies were discovered off a forest service road in Naramata last week, have been confirmed as homicides.
The bodies of Carlo Fryer, 31, and Erick Fryer, 29, were discovered by a local couple walking near a remote section of the Naramata Creek Forest Service Road on May 10. RCMP’s Major Crime Unit immediately took steps to secure the location.
“The unexpected deaths of both Erick and Carlo are being investigated by police as homicides,” said Supt. Sanjaya Wijayakoon of the C.C. RCMP Major Crime Section.
“South Okanagan residents can expect to continue to see major crime resources in the region for the remainder of the week as investigators continue to advance the homicide investigation.”
Investigators still believe the incident was isolated in nature and not a random act. Police have not uncovered anything to suggest the homicides are connected to the Lower Mainland gang conflict.
There have been no updates on whether two men seen in nearby orchards are connected to the deaths. Mounties have asked that the pair come forward, but it’s not known if they have.”
It was the Fryer brothers’ father who took to social media to confirm his sons had died.
Dawn March, the brothers’ stepmother, told KTW by email:
“Carlo and Erick Fryer were beloved family members. Erick was kind, generous, athletic and the first person to help his family and friends. He was the big brother that all his siblings wanted to hang out with. He was a son, grandson, brother, uncle, nephew and solid friend.
“Carlo was sweet, gentle and an all-star ball player. He was a loving husband and a wonderful father. He was a son, grandson, brother, uncle, nephew and solid friend.
“Our family is devastated by this tragic loss and wants the boys to be remembered as the happy and amazing family members that they were.”
“Although we are still in the very preliminary stages of this investigation, early findings suggest that this was a targeted incident,” Penticton RCMP Supt. Brian Hunter said.
“At this time, there is nothing to indicate a greater general risk to public safety,”
Police said a truck near the scene is being probed. The BC Coroners Service is also investigating the deaths.
A GoFundMe page has been created online to raise money for the family left behind by Carlo Fryer. It can be found by clicking here.
As of Tuesday at 3 p.m., $15,000 had been raised, with the goal being $20,000.
It is being organized by Darci-Lynn Edwards, who stated on the page:
“If you knew Carlo, he was all about his little girl. I know everyone in the community, and especially our ball community, we aren’t just people who play, we are all family.
“Carlo was always one to cheer people up when their game was off, give tips and pointers and just plain have fun while playing ball.”
Social media posts have noted the brothers’ deep connection to, and love of, the local slo-pitch community.
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