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Community mourning deaths

TRACADIE-SHEILA, N.B. — A northern New Brunswick community is mourning the death of four young people who were killed Saturday after their car crashed into an icy river.

RCMP said 17-year-old Marie-Helene Gauvin of Pointe Canot, 18-year-old Tommy Losier and 19-year-old Brian Basque, both of Ste-Rose, and 20-year-old Alexandre McGraw of Losier Settlement died in the crash near Tracadie-Sheila.

Claude Landry, the MLA for the area, said the community is in “shock.”

“They are grieving and it’s a difficult, difficult time,” said Landry in an interview on Sunday. “It’s a tragedy here.”

Community members packed the Saint-Jean-Baptiste and Saint-Joseph Church Sunday morning for a service to pray for the friends and families of the victims, said Landry.

“The church was full,” said Landry, who attended the service. “It’s a shock to the community.

Police said the car slipped off a dirt road in a remote area while trying to go uphill and plunged into the Tracadie River.

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