BROWNSBURG, Ind. (Jan. 4, 2016) – The Brownsburg High School parking lot was filled with hundreds of tearful classmates and friends honoring the lives of four teenage boys who died in a car crash in Morgan County Wednesday night.
“I’m a senior here and they are not going to be there when we graduate, they are not going to be sitting next to us and that is going to be really weird and really hard on all of us,” says Brownsburg student Kiera Cromer.
The boys were identified by police as 18-year-old Lucas Kenworthy and 17-year-old’s Riley Hurst, Noah Tex, and Matthew Chambers. Chambers was driving the car, as the boys were traveling back home from Bloomington.
“I texted him making sure that he was okay and he did not reply. Then, and hour or two later I found out that he was one of the people who was killed,” says Riley Hurst’s friend T.J. Moyer.
The four were students at Brownsburg High School and Harris Academy.
“As soon as I heard that this had happened, I was just heartbroken. My heart immediately fell into my stomach and I did not know what to do and I just started bawling,” says friend Aron Sheridan.
Police said none of the boys was wearing a seat belt except 22-year-old Ryan Rickenbacker of Brownsburg, who survived the crash. Officers say the car crossed over a median and into oncoming traffic, hitting a minivan carrying a couple and their two young daughters. That family is okay. Now, loved ones reflect on the last time they saw the teens faces, wishing they could talk to them just one more time.
“Hug your kids and just know to be careful and just take care of your good lives and do something good in Riley’s honor,” says Riley’s mom Colleen Love.
The community is focusing on the good times they had with the boys now known as the Brownsburg four. Each one had their own story that made him a very special piece of the Brownsburg community. One that will never be forgotten of replaced.
“I loved him very much and I would remind him how funny he was and how great it was to be around him,” says a friend and classmate Austin Rexroth.
“He was an only child, so these kids were his family,” says Love.