By Staff

PEMBROKE (CBS) — Two hockey players from Pembroke were laid to rest on Saturday. Twenty-three-year-olds Billy Hickey and Joey Birolini were killed in a car crash last weekend.

A joint funeral was held at St. Thecla’s Church in Pembroke. The service was live-streamed because of coronavirus restrictions.

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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.

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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.

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Birolini and Hickey were also buried next to each other. An investigation into the crash that killed them is still ongoing. Staff