Buried with Nic Twiddy are mementos from those who loved him.
A ruby cross, a pair of sunglasses, locks of girls' hair, handwritten letters, friendship bracelets, bandanas, a friend's sweatshirt he had always admired: items that will always be with the 15-year-old, who died April 9 in a car crash on Sooke Road.
"The kids have been affected by this so much. He really did care about his friends," said the Sooke teen's mother, Lisa Twiddy, in an exclusive interview with the Times Colonist.
"When they tell me how they feel, they feel exactly the same way I do: Like a bottomless hole and so sad. Like it's not true. How could it even have happened?" Twiddy considered her son her best friend and after his death, she realized he had held that status for many people.
"They loved him, too, they must have loved him to feel the same way I do. It's indescribable," she said, while sitting next to her 14-year-old daughter, Brittney Rigo.
Twiddy still has a voicemail saved on her phone, where her son, always quick with affection, says, "I love you, Mommy."
Twiddy and many of her son's friends said they are torn between grief at losing Nic and anger toward the 18-year-old Sooke man believed to have been driving the blue Chevrolet Cavalier - allegedly stolen - when it crashed.
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