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N.B. community gathers to mourn teens killed in highway crash

Pallbearers carry a casket at the funeral for four teenagers killed in a highway crash, in Cap-Pelé, N.B., on Dec. 3, 2013. Justin Leger, Sebastien Leger, Justin Brown and Luc Arsenault were killed when their car crashed into a culvert and rolled several times in nearby Notre-Dame.

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Relatives and friends of four New Brunswick teenagers killed in a highway crash came together today to remember the young men for their cheerful approach to life.

Mourners in the Acadian fishing community of Cap-Pelé packed a Roman Catholic church, where a funeral service was held for Justin Leger, Sebastien Leger, Justin Brown and Luc Arseneault.

The four young men died when their car crashed into a culvert and rolled several times in nearby Notre-Dame early Saturday.

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Reverend Louis-Joseph Boudreau says people are having a difficult time coming to terms with their deaths, particularly those who grew up with them.

Boudreau says their peers depended on them for their cheerful attitude.

During the funeral, a slide show depicting images from their childhood was beamed onto two large screens at the front of the church.

The photos were set to music, including Elton John's Candle in the Wind, and showed the boys together, often playing hockey.

David Landry, a Grade 12 student who knew the young men, says many of his friends are struggling to overcome their grief.

Police say speed was a factor in the crash.

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