Country star Blake Shelton sent a video of support to those still grieving after a West Brookfield car crash took the lives of three local teenagers last month.
The three Quaboag Regional Middle High School students were traveling south on Douglas Road on Nov. 5 when their car left the road, struck a tree, and rolled over. The three were pronounced dead at the scene.
Shelton recorded the video on his phone from the woods of Oklahoma on Nov. 13, the 27-year anniversary of the death of his own brother, Richie, in a crash.
“I completely know how it feels,” he said. “I lost my brother in a car accident. I can understand how you guys feel. It’s the worst possible feeling. It’s confusion. It’s anger. It’s just an overall brokenness that’s just gonna take a lot of time to heal.”
He said that he would keep the community in his thoughts and prayers.
“I still miss my brother every day and you’re gonna miss those guys every day,” Shelton said. “I just wanted to say I’m thinking of you and it gets easier. It just takes a long time, but just always honor their memory and never forget about them.”
The video was included in a photo montage that was made to honor the three students who lost their lives: Lena Noonan, 16; Christian Congelos, 15; and Jaclyn Desrosiers, 14.
The montage was posted on Facebook two weeks ago and has been viewed over 26,000 times. It was made by “a few anonymous volunteers,” according to the post’s caption.
Lost my brother 27 years ago today. I was only 14 at the time but it changed my life forever... Made me realize that life is precious and there's no time like RIGHT NOW to go for it... We still miss you Richie!!— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) November 13, 2017