Family and friends remember teens killed in storm

Nov 2, 2014 7:48 PM by Charlene Cheng

Tears, laughs, and memories were shared as friends and family members gathered to remember Tristan Mitchell and Darian Powner.

"It is a time to mourn that family member that has moved on, but it is a time to dance and revel in their life that they shared with us, as brief and as short as it was. Truly, Tristan and Darian have impacted everybody here," said family friend Scott Lewis.

"The only thing I can say right now is really not my words, it comes from a song. It says 'All along I believed I would find you. Time's brought your heart to me. I've loved you for a thousand years, and I'll love you for a thousand more,'" said Tristan's mom, Chellie Mitchell.

The couple tragically passed away after being swept away in a rushing creek outside of Shingletown after a violent thunderstorm.

The pair had been inseparable since they met at work at Movies 8 in Redding.

There, they made friends who eventually became family.

"We were best friends and very few people impact your life. A lot of people influence it, but they impacted my life. There's never going to be another Tristan and Darian, and I don't want there to be another Tristan and Darian," Chase Frydel said.

Tristan is remembered as a passionate musician with a big heart.

Darian, a funny and loving friend with a contagious smile.

And both of them, the most welcoming of human beings.

"They made you feel like you were family, it was definitely one of their best qualities. And they were both hilarious," Josh Rodrigues said.

"They accepted you for who you are, even if you were different or odd, they would take a chance with you. When I first met them, I already felt like I was a part of their group. It was the coolest thing in the world, and they were by far the greatest people I'd ever met," added Nathan Belk.

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