A sad end to the search for a Toronto man missing in Richmond since Boxing Day.
Family of Ephraigm Flores have have confirmed the 23-year-old was found dead by police in Richmond on New Year’s eve.
Flores’ mother Gloria says she was devastated by the news.
“And my heart is really aching, torn into pieces. My son [was] bright, kind, generous, he’s a scholar. A good son to his mother.”
The family has now launched a crowdfunding campaign to fly Flores’ body home to Toronto for a funeral.
In an emotional post written by a woman identifying herself as Flores’ sister, the fundraiser states:
“For the past few days, the Flores family spent the holidays looking for Ephraigm. He was lost. He was missing and everyone even people we do not know tried to search for him. In behalf of our family, thank you for all the efforts, it means a lot to us. Now, we found him. But, the situation was not what the family expected.”
The campaign has already raised more than $13,000 in its first day.
The news has been met with a stream of condolences from friends, as well as Flores’ former coworkers from the residential care facility in Richmond where he worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse.
“I could not have asked for a better best friend, you have showed me a warmth and care I have never felt. You lived life fearlessly, and gave me the strength to do so too. ”
“My condolences, thoughts and prayers are sent out to the family and friends! I can tell you that everyone at Rosewood is deeply saddened!!”
“This breaks my heart. I couldn’t imagine if that happened to my younger brothers. Prayers and warm hugs to you and your family. Stay strong.”
The family says Flores’ body remains in Vancouver, and that a viewing will be arranged in Richmond for one night for his friends in the region.
Flores disappeared on December 26th at around 11pm, somewhere around Garden City Road and Granville Avenue in Richmond.
He was returning from an electronic music event at B.C. Place.
Richmond RCMP say they found the body of a young man in frozen waters near Garden City park on New Year’s Eve.
Police say the death is not considered suspicious.
Neither the coroner nor the RCMP have officially released the victim’s identity.