Vigil Held for 2 O.C. Friends Killed by Falling Tree Limb in Yosemite National Park

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A vigil was held Tuesday evening in memory of two Orange County youngsters who were killed by a falling tree limb while camping with family members in Yosemite National Park last week.

Photographs show Dragon Kim and his friend Justin Lee who both died in a camping accident in Yosemite.

Photographs show Dragon Kim and his friend Justin Lee who both died in a camping accident in Yosemite.

Friends, coaches, fellow teammates and band members turned out to remember Justin Lee and Dragon Kim with a candlelight vigil at Northwood High School in Irvine.

“I know that they left such a positive impact on our lives, and I’m just blessed that I was able to know them and be with them,” a friend who knew the teenagers said during the vigil.

Lee and Kim died when a large tree branch came crashing down on their tent as they slept in Yosemite National Park on Friday.

Family members of the teens were too distraught to attend the vigil, but a spokesman read a joint statement.

“We are sorry that we cannot be here with you this evening. We ask you to understand that this is a very difficult time for both families and we remain in mourning,” the statement read.

As well as being outstanding water polo players, both Lee and Kim were musicians who had earned spots at the Orange County School of the Arts in Santa Ana.

A joint memorial service was planned for the friends this Sunday.

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