Vigil held for Brazilian cyclist killed in crash at World Police & Fire Games in Va.

Police investigate after at least three competitors collided at a World Police & Fire Games event Thursday at Prince William Forest Park. (Andrew Farewell/For

RESTON, Va. (WJLA) - Friday night at Reston Town Center hundreds of fellow athletes and others attended a vigil honoring a cyclist who died while competing in the World Police and Fire Games.

48-year old Carlos Silva of Brazil was a police inspector from the city of Brasilia and the father of a 13-year old girl.

At the vigil Silva, described as a devout Christian, was honored through music and prayers. Fellow athletes along with a cousin of Silva's from Fairfax spoke.

According to police the crash happened Thursday afternoon while male cyclists were traveling at a high rate of speed down a descent within the hilly confines of Prince William Forest Park in Triangle, Virginia. Police say a rider's tire blew causing the rider to lose control of his bike leading to a chain reaction crash involving other competitors.

Silva's roommate during these games and co-worker in Brazil is Alexandre Manzan.{}

Manzan says, “He loved to be here and he loved to train and most of all he loved his career and his daughter.”

Sources familiar with the National Park Service say Ryan Levins was also critically injured. According to Levins' Linkedin page, he has been working at the chief ranger at Harper’s Ferry National Historical Park for the last few months. The third injured rider is from Canada. His name has not yet been released. Both of the injured riders are listed in critical condition at Inova Fairfax Hospital.

A GoFundMe page has been created by the organizing committee for the Fairfax 2015 World Police & Fire Games, based in Fairfax County.

"We are using this platform to raise funds for all three families affected by this terrible incident. 100% of the monies dispersed by GoFundMe will be divided equally between the three athletes/families involved in the crash to help offset their expenses throughout this ordeal," the committee says.

ABC7 spoke with Canadien cyclist Fern Caron at the athlete’s village in Reston. He and other cycling competitors we spoke with say while they understand the inherent dangers in cycling, this news leaves them devastated.

“We are all police. It’s hard. I’m sorry," Caron says.

Late Thursday night, as police from around the area gathered at Inova Fairfax Hospital, political, law enforcement and hospital leaders gathered with some of Silva’s teammates in a show of support.

Fairfax County Police Chief Ed Roessler Jr. says, “We are in deep mourning and we will take care of all of our brothers and sisters and investigator Silva to make sure he arrives back in his home country with dignity and respect.”

Law enforcement officials say they are in the process of organizing a local memorial service for Inspector Silva. Officials with the World Police and Fire Games say the games will go on as scheduled.

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