Justin Moore, Cam Share Prayers for, Memories of Craig Strickland
On Sunday night (Jan. 3), Moore posted a lengthy musing on Facebook, expressing his "sincerest and deepest sympathy for what the Strickland family has endured this past week" and noting that he has "been at a loss for words. I have been speechless."
"I'm a friend, band member, son, husband, father, etc. I know Craig is many of these as well," Moore writes. "I can't imagine what is going through the minds of all of these individuals on the other end of all of these relationships [with] him."
Moore and Backroad Anthem share a management team, and they have played numerous shows together, including Moore's 2015 College Town Throwdown, which took place back in October at the University of Arkansas.
"He is kind, thoughtful, bright, talented, driven and so much more. As an artist, Craig has 'it,'" Moore continues. "From the limited time I've spent with him, as a human being, he also has 'it.' That puts him [rarefied] air, in my opinion."
Search and rescue teams — including members in the air, on land and in sonar-equipped boats — continue to search a two-mile area of Kaw Lake in Kay County, Okla., where Strickland, his now-deceased friend Chase Morland and Strickland’s dog Sam went for a duck hunt early on Dec. 27, despite severe weather conditions. The search began after Strickland and Morland failed to make contact with their families for 24 hours.
A capsized boat was found just after midnight on Dec. 28, while Morland’s body was recovered that afternoon. Sam was discovered, alive, next to Morland’s body. On Dec. 31, search crews discovered footprints, boat marks and dog prints that helped them narrow their search area.
On New Year's Day (Jan. 1), Cam shared a photo of Strickland on her Instagram account and asked her followers to "keep him and his family in your heart." According to the post, Strickland is "a family friend."
Season 9 The Voice contestant Barrett Baber, who is also from Backroad Anthem's hometown of Fayetteville, Ark., wrote on Twitter on Dec. 30, "Dreaming with a broken heart today. Thinking and praying for my friend Craig, his family and the guys of @BackroadAnthem. I love you guys."
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