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NEW INFORMATION: Friend: 2 Wis. avalanche victims loved outdoors

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

PORTAGE, Wis. (AP) -- A friend of the two Wisconsin skiers killed in a Colorado avalanche says the two were close buddies who loved to spend time on the slopes and mountain-biking trails.

Joey Kindred of Tomah says he used to go skiing with 32-year-old Justin Lentz and 34-year-old Jarrard Law. Relatives say the two Portage men were killed Saturday afternoon.

Kindred says Lentz and Law were kindhearted and smart, and both knew how to light up a room.

He says Lentz was the life of the party, always making people laugh and keeping everyone's energy high. And he says he never saw Law drink alcohol but Law would still show up to parties because he loved being around his friends.

He says both were huge fans of mountain biking.
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LEADVILLE, Colo. (AP) --Relatives and colleagues say two skiers killed in a large avalanche in Colorado came from Wisconsin.

Three other skiers were hospitalized following Saturday's avalanche near Leadville, Colo. The Lake County Sheriff's Office says rescue crews found the two skiers' bodies Sunday afternoon near Independence Pass, about 80 miles southwest of Denver.

Robert Lentz says his son, 32-year-old Justin Lentz, of Portage, was one of those killed in the avalanche. Lentz says his son loved skiing and started when he was 5 or 6 years old.

Another Portage man, 34-year-old Jarrard Law, was also killed.

Necedah Area School District Superintendent Larry Gierach says Law was an "incredible man" and an integral part of the district's technology team. He says the district will make grief counsellors available for faculty and students.


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