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Response for Facebook photo tribute to Sask. accident victims ‘awesome’

The organizer of a Facebook photo tribute to a family that died in a car crash near Saskatoon is overwhelmed by the response. Jean Watters / Facebook Jordan Van De Vorst Facebook Tribute

A Saskatchewan woman who invited people to send photographs of sunsets to pay tribute to a family of four who died in a car crash this year is staggered by the response. Andrea Lawrence came up with the idea of a tribute to Jordan Van De Vorst, his wife and two young children because the Saskatoon man was an avid photographer who posted his images online.

She was inspired by a Facebook post Van De Vorst made before his death about having as many people as possible take a picture of a sunset.

READ MORE: Saskatoon family reeling after fatal crash claims four lives

Lawrence turned to Facebook and local media, inviting people to take pictures of sunsets over the weekend.

She says people who knew Van De Vorst helped spread the word and there was a snowball effect. She says she expected a few dozen responses but ended up with nearly 500, including submissions from Germany, the Netherlands and Barbados.

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GALLERY: Some of the images posted to the Facebook Jordan Van De Vorst tribute page

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Although I never had the pleasure of meeting you personally I have followed you through your incredible eye for imaging. Sunset shot at Ellis Port Bay Hope, Idaho. Kelly Suchan / Facebook Jordan Van De Vorst Facebook Tribute
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Prince Edward Island, Canada. Christine Arsenault / Facebook Jordan Van De Vorst Facebook Tribute
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SPC Shand Power Station, Estevan, Saskatchewan. Shelley Darby / Facebook Jordan Van De Vorst Facebook Tribute
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Taken Friday 13th of May in Someret, England. Danielle Larson / Facebook Jordan Van De Vorst Facebook Tribute
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Central Taiwan, West Coast. Dual sun refraction with hardy wildflowers blowing in the wind. Keiran Earl / Facebook Jordan Van De Vorst Facebook Tribute
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Five miles north of Hemaruka Alberta taken from the farm yard I grew up in. Rosemary Healy Davies / Facebook Jordan Van De Vorst Facebook Tribute
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The organizer of a Facebook photo tribute to a family that died in a car crash near Saskatoon is overwhelmed by the response. Jean Watters / Facebook Jordan Van De Vorst Facebook Tribute
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Parkers Cove, Nova Scotia over looking the Bay of Fundy. Laura Lee Milner / Facebook Jordan Van De Vorst Facebook Tribute
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Cancun May 2016 ‪#‎nofilters‬ Mijn hart ligt bij de familie Van De Vorst. Keona Thrasher / Facebook Jordan Van De Vorst Facebook Tribute
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Thoughts are with you from Port Broughton, SA, AUSTRALIA RIP Van De Vorst Family. Nicole Hewett / Facebook Jordan Van De Vorst Facebook Tribute
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Taken north of Enterprise,NWT. Tim Ednie / Facebook Jordan Van De Vorst Facebook Tribute
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Sunset at 9:01 pm May 14, 2016 at Bigstone Lake near La Ronge. Carmen Pauls Orthner / Facebook Jordan Van De Vorst Facebook Tribute
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Southern Alberta ~Winnifred area,8;45 PM, May 14, 2016. Eleanor Cleland / Facebook Jordan Van De Vorst Facebook Tribute
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Sunset near the Northeast Swale in Saskatoon. Ryan Harder / Facebook Jordan Van De Vorst Facebook Tribute

Lawrence says she is now trying to figure out the best way to present the flood of images on a Facebook tribute page.

“It’s so cool to see all these sunsets from everywhere being posted,” she said in a phone interview Sunday.

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“I plan to … hopefully put them all together into a little time lapse movie and just have everybody’s image and their credits on there and where they were from and where they were taken.”

The response was so “awesome” Lawrence is thinking of making it an annual event.

Media reports say Van De Vorst, 34, his wife Chandra, 33 and two children Kamryn 5, and Miguire, 2, died in early January in a two vehicle accident near Saskatoon.

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