Candlelight vigil held for two teens killed near Loop, Texas - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/3/10

Candlelight vigil held for two teens killed near Loop, Texas

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LOOP, TX (KCBD) - West Texas communities are remembering two teenagers that died Wednesday afternoon in a car crash near Loop, about ten miles southeast of Seagraves.

The Department of Public Safety says it happened around 2:30 p.m., one mile east of Loop, at the intersection of Highway 83 and County Road 129. DPS troopers say a Chevy pickup drove through the intersection and was hit by a Ford van.

The two teens in the pickup, 17-year-old Dylan Bratcher of Loop, and 15-year-old Abraham Remple of Seminole, were pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the van had minor injuries.

Just hours after the crash, the boy's fiends gathered as the sun set, at a place the two teens made memories, the Loop Longhorn Stadium, for a candlelight vigil. The two teens shared a passion for life in school, at church and on the field.

"Our total population is 250 to 300 people so when an accident happens you know in your heart you know this person and that was the fear that ran through our community today...was we knew whoever was in that accident and we were close to them," says Loop ISD Principal Charla Scott.

This community was close to the teens, a testimony to the number of people inside Loop Longhorn Stadium to honor their memory.

15-year-old Abraham Remple and 17-year-old Dylan Bratcher died Wednesday afternoon, and as the sun began to set, friends embrace one another, shed tears, shared prayers and stories.

So many asked why? Why did this happen? "It's the impossible question. I tried to talk to my students and tell them it's a natural question. I strongly believe God is understanding and he would expect us to ask that question," says Scott.

It is faith this community leans on. "We have lost two very sweet Christian young men and they will be greatly missed - we want the families to know our prayers are with them and they can rely on our community for support," says Scott.

Hundreds of candles lit the West Texas sky over Longhorn Stadium. "I've been to both homes, there is a strong sense of faith and both families have bibles out searching for scripture."

"It's unbelievable its just surreal. It doesn't feel like it happened even though sorrow and grief is evident that it has."

The flames honoring the boys will fade, but the legacy these two young men leave behind will shine forever. "It's hard to believe we lost those 2 young men."

Both families told KCBD they need your thoughts and prayers. Churches in Seminole and Seagraves held vigils on Wednesday night as well. Even though school is out for the summer, counselors will be available on the Loop campus for students if they need someone to talk to.

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