Craig Strickland Mourned by Backroad Anthem Bandmates
"Today we lost our brother, our best friend, our bandmate."
When Craig Strickland was found dead on Monday at age 29, he left behind a promising country career, his wife and family, and five bandmates from the group Backroad Anthem.
Those five guys took to Facebook on Monday — two weekends after Strickland went missing — to mourn their late friend and bandmate.
"Today we lost our brother, our best friend, our bandmate. Craig was the most amazing person whose passion for life couldn't be matched. Thankful to know he fought his way from the water to a hill and was lying in the shape of a cross on his back looking up to his Heavenly Father."
The band also sent love to Strickland's mom and dad, his widow, and anyone else in the late musician's life, all of whom have been awaiting news on Strickland since he and his friend Chase Morland disappeared while on a hunting trip in Oklahoma.
"We pray today for God to wrap his arms around Randy, Joanne, Helen, and the family, and to help us through this extremely difficult time. We want to thank every single friend, fan, and family member for your thoughts, prayers, and love. Today he is smiling down on us and we know he will always be with us. He will always be here to help guide us along the way. We love you Craig Strickland and we will forever miss you!"
Two weekends ago, Strickland and Morland disappeared while on a hunting trip on Kaw Lake in Oklahoma. On Monday, Strickland was found dead.
Read the band's full message below:
This article first appeared on Billboard.com.