Sombre day in Cap-Pele as New Brunswick village mourns teens

Police say speed was a factor in deadly car crash


CAP-PELE, N.B. – A funeral service is underway in a New Brunswick village for four teenagers killed in a highway crash over the weekend.

Rev. Louis-Joseph Boudreau says people in the Acadian fishing community of Cap-Pele are having a difficult time coming to terms with their deaths.

The victims, all from the village, died when their car crashed into a culvert and rolled several times in nearby Notre-Dame early Saturday.

Police say speed was a factor in the crash.

Justin Leger, Sebastien Leger and Justin Brown were all 18 years old, while Luc Arsenault was 17.

The caskets carrying their bodies are draped with flowers.

Boudreau says he is worried about how the young people in the area are coping.

“These four boys were so close to them,” Boudreau said prior to the funeral service Tuesday at Eglise de Paroisse Ste. Therese D’Avila.

“They depended so much on their cheerful attitude, on their sharing of school life and leisure. It is a challenge for them.”

The municipality has asked people in the community of 2,300 to keep their Christmas lights turned off until after the funeral.

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