They were both teens, barely emerging from adolescence, when their lives were cut short.
She was a hard worker, a young woman who loved fashion and was determined to make something of herself.
He was only 16, trying to put his troubled past behind him.
To this day, it seems police investigators don’t know exactly what happened to Brittney Gargol or Danil Tsannie, who were killed in separate unsolved incidents that happened a week apart last spring.
Twelve months later, friends are remembering them and hoping for answers.
“Losing her and going this year without her has been the worst year of my life,” said Nikki Allan, Gargol’s childhood friend.
Allan still regularly makes the trip to the rural intersection off Valley Road where Gargol was found fatally wounded. Friends and family have erected a memorial there, adorned regularly with fresh flowers.
Police say Gargol’s case is still an active investigation, but so far they haven’t made public any major leads. Allan said she is still haunted by the fact that whoever killed her friend remains free.
“It haunts me every day and night, thinking of all the possibilities,” she said.
Danil Tsannie’s close friends are going through much the same experience. The 16-year-old was found shot dead on a friend’s porch on Avenue I south, one week after Gargol’s death.
“They took one of the best people I had in my life away from me and it hurts,” said Acacia Mundell, who considered Tsannie to be like a brother.
On Friday, police announced new details in the case, saying investigators believe Tsannie was killed by someone who knew him. They made a plea to the public to help solve the case.
According to a police news release, investigators believe Tsannie arrived at the home in the 100 block of Avenue I North after midnight to spend the night. Police said Tsannie was in contact with “several people” while he was at the home prior to his death. While they have interviewed some of the people who spoke to him that night, others still have not come forward, police said.
“Investigators believe that the person, or persons, responsible were known to Danil,” the news release said.
Mundell and her mother have since left Saskatoon. She said she thinks about her friend almost every day.
“I will never forget the last time I got to see him. He was like my brother. You don’t have to be blood to be family, and Danny taught me that,” she said.
Tsannie had dropped out of school but was trying to enrol in high school at Nutana Collegiate, friends said at the time of his death.
Gargol held down two jobs — one at Vern’s Pizza and the other at the German Cultural Centre — while attending high school to finish Grade 12. She was interested in taking business classes at university after she graduated. She loved animals, outdoor sports like snowboarding, and had a passion for shopping.
Police said the major crimes unit is actively investigating both deaths, but so far no clues about what happened to the two teens have been made public.