Two men from Haines were killed in an avalanche Monday afternoon in a park in British Columbia, Canada, provincial officials said Tuesday.

Haines city manager Debra Schnabel identified the two men as Zane Durr and Matthew Green, both 21 years old.

Schnabel said the two were the “best of friends” and roommates in Washington state attending different post-secondary schools. She said Durr comes from a family deeply rooted in the Haines community, as well as having family in the Yukon Territory and British Columbia. She said Green’s family has lived in Haines for at least 10 years.

Authorities are investigating the deaths of the two men, according to a British Columbia Coroners Service spokesman.

Durr and Green were among three people snowboarding in Tatshenshini-Alsek Park, though they were hiking at the time, Schnabel said.

The park sits just west of the town of Atlin and several miles over the U.S.-Canadian border. British Columbia Coroners spokesman Andy Watson said the incident took place about 12:30 p.m. Monday. 

The third person, a 16-year-old from Haines, survived the avalanche and has returned home, Schnabel said.

Schnabel said the community of 2,200 is reacting “with a very heavy heart.”

“Many families in the community, especially in Alaska, lose children young in life, mostly to the elements,” she said.

She added one local church opened its doors to the community all day for people to come and go as they need.

The names of the deceased have not yet been released. Arrangements are being made to transport them back to the U.S.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to confirm the identities of those who were killed in the avalanche.

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