Victoria teen killed on charity bike ride ID'd

ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) - The 16-year-old Victoria, British Columbia, boy who was killed while biking near Arlington on a cancer charity ride was showing his support for his uncle, a cancer survivor.

The family of Xavier Pelletier released a statement Monday through the BC Cancer Foundation and said he was passionate about cycling and cared deeply for his family, friends and community.

Xavier was with his mother and uncle Sunday, among 2,600 riders on the annual Ride to Conquer Cancer, a two-day ride from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Redmond. Officials say he was struck by a car when he pulled into oncoming traffic to pass a group of riders.

Xavier was a Grade 10 student at Pacific Christian School in Victoria where he competed in sailing, volleyball, rugby and triathlon.

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