A joint funeral was held at St. Thecla’s Church in Pembroke. The service was live-streamed because of coronavirus restrictions.READ MORE: Massachusetts Reports 359 New COVID Cases, 6 Additional Deaths
Before the service, local hockey players lined the street between the funeral home and the church with their hockey sticks in hand to say goodbye to their teammates.READ MORE: Child Tax Credit: When Will Parents Get Their First Monthly Check?
The two were former co-captains of their high school hockey team.
“We’ve known each other since we were probably five years old. They were natural-born leaders. Billy was super goofy and taught us not to take life too seriously. Joey was one of the smartest guys I’ve ever met,” said friend Mike Fahie Jr.MORE NEWS: I-Team: Medical Examiner Rules Mikayla Miller's Death A Suicide
Birolini and Hickey were also buried next to each other. An investigation into the crash that killed them is still ongoing.