Two people were killed in an early morning motorcycle wreck near Council Grove Dam, including the lead singer and guitarist of the popular local band The Box Turtles.

Max Byram and a passenger, Jordan Kelly were riding on Dam Road about a mile north of Council Grove around 12:30 a.m. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, Byram failed to negotiate a curb and struck a nearby guardrail.

Byram who was 28 and Kelly, who was 20 were both ejected. Neither were wearing helmets.

In addition to being a part of The Box Turtles, Byram was one of three mayoral candidates in Council Grove for the November election. The band played at Manhattan’s Arts in the Park last Friday, July 23.

Funeral arrangements for both individuals are pending.