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'You were my best friend': Tributes to teenage hunter killed in crash

The 18 year old died in an accident on Friday.
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An 18 year old killed in a crash in northern Minnesota on Friday has been identified, with tributes being paid by family, friends and coworkers on social media.

Brenden Fenstermaker died when a Ford Ranger pickup left the road and rolled over just after 3:30 a.m. on Friday in Pine River Township, the Cass County Sheriff's Office announced.

The 18-year-old recent Pine River Secondary graduate died in the crash, with another 18-year-old man, Zachary Munsch, suffering serious injuries that saw him transported to a Twin Cities hospital by helicopter.

News of his death spread on Friday, with the Pine River-Backus Tigers football team paying tribute to their former player by holding aloft his No. 7 shirt ahead of a game Friday evening.

As well as a football player, the teenager was an avid hunter, and worked for Kentucky-based Backwoods Decoy Systems, which described him as a "young man with a passion for the outdoors and a love for everything hunting."

The most emotional tributes came from his siblings, with his younger brother, Alex, describing how Fenstermaker "helped me shoot my first deer, catch my first fish, shoot my first gun, go hunting for the first time and learn how to shoot a bow."

"I just want you to know that I will love you [till] the day I take my last breath. You were my best friend and that will never change, now you can hunt whenever and have no pain and be with the Lord," he wrote on Facebook.

His sister, Lydea, wrote: "I call you every morning, hoping you'll answer, and every time you don't, I still hear your voice, I know [you 're] still with me, I know you'll always be with me."

The crash is still being investigated by the Cass County Sheriff's Office and the Minnesota State Patrol.

So far in 2017, there have been 255 fatalities on Minnesota roads, according to the Department of Public Safety.

That is fewer than at the same time in 2016, by when there had been 270 deaths.

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