FARMINGTON — Two people are dead following a car crash Thursday night at mile marker 20 on Navajo Route 36, according to police and fire dispatch.

Friends say the two dead are Gilbert Bekis and Ojay Bidtah.

Bekis was the passenger in Bidtah's car, his brother, Chris Bekis, said.

Chris Bekis said another car struck Bidtah's car.

Chris Bekis said the two men were best friends. The Bekis family had a gathering at the Beclabito Chapter House Saturday afternoon to take donations for Gilbert Bekis' funeral.

Gilbert Bekis and Bidtah were both supporters of youth athletics in the Shiprock area, Curtis Benally, a friend of Gilbert Bekis, said. Benally is a freelance photographer for The Daily Times.

The crash was handled by the Shiprock Police Department. No one at the department could not be reached for comment Saturday afternoon.