Humboldt Hockey Bus Crash Victim Misidentified by Coroner's Office

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistApril 9, 2018

People, including a young man wearing a Humboldt Broncos jersey, approach the Uniplex April 8, 2018 in Humboldt, Canada, prior to a memorial vigil for the Humboldt Broncos ice hockey team.  
Mourners in the tiny Canadian town of Humboldt, still struggling to make sense of a devastating tragedy, prepared Sunday for a prayer vigil to honor the victims of the truck-bus crash that killed 15 of their own and shook North American ice hockey.
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The Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice announced the province's coroner's office had misidentified the body of Parker Tobin as Xavier Labelle, who was previously reported to be one of the 15 people who died in the crash involving the Humboldt Broncos hockey team.

"Our condolences go out to the family of Parker Tobin," the ministry's statement read, per ESPN.com. "Unfortunately, Parker is one of the 15 that have lost their lives in this terrible tragedy. Parker had been misidentified and was previously believed to have survived."

Tobin was 18.

Labelle is alive.

Fifteen people, including 10 players and coach Darcy Haugan, died when a bus carrying the Broncos and a truck collided. Fourteen additional people suffered injuries.

The coroner's office offered "its deepest sympathies to the families and friends of those who lost their lives as well as those who were involved in the collision."

The hockey community has rallied behind the Humboldt players and their families. A GoFundMe page has already reached $5.1 million and features donations from the Pittsburgh Penguins, Toronto Maple Leafs and Calgary Flames, among others.