STOUGHTON (CBS) – Stoughton High School and the community are remembering the four students killed in a weekend car crash. On Monday night, St. James and the Immaculate Church gave young people a space to talk and grieve.
“One is such a tragedy. Four is almost unimaginable,” said Fr. Joseph Mazzone of St. James Parish. “It is so hard for us to wrap our heads around this.”
People could be seen embracing one another outside the church as the community came together to mourn the loss of the students.
“There was a young woman who was singing and it brought me to tears. I know it brought a lot of other people to tears,” said Lilia Elkins after the vigil. “And, the students helped put that together and it was very beautiful.”
Seventeen-year-olds Eric Sarblah, David Bell and Chris Desir, along with 16-year-old Nick Joyce, died Saturday when their car slammed into a tree on West Street in East Bridgewater Saturday afternoon.
“Keep his spirit alive, I mean, he was full of life,” said Ida Joyce, Nick’s mother.
It’s an unimaginable loss for the Joyce family who allowed WBZ into Nick’s room. His dream was to become a graphic designer, but his passion was running.
“He wanted to move up to the top five fastest people to run at Stoughton High and his last race he ran a 10.9 and that moved him to number two,” Nick’s sister Brittney Joyce said.
It was a heartbreaking Monday for Stoughton High students who wore black to school in honor of the victims.
“My heart dropped as soon as I walked into school knowing that they weren’t around,” one student said.
This tight-knit community rallying together as they remember four young men with such promising futures taken far too soon.
“I still can’t believe it,” said Kris Joyce. “I would never have expected to lose my little brother.”
The name of the 17-year-old driver has not been released. He survived the crash and is still being treated at Boston Medical Center. The teens had apparently just come from a birthday party together, relatives said. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.