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More than 1,000 people packed into Wilson High School's gym Tuesday for the funerals of three beloved students.
16-year-olds Coby Hines, Tyler Nelson, and 17-year-old Braden Turner died during a car crash last Thursday in St. Florian. Two Florence High School students were also in the car and injured during the single vehicle crash on County Road 30. At last check, both girls remain in the hospital.
Hines, Nelson, and Turner all went to Wilson High School and played sports. They were described as incredibly funny and inseparable, by those who spoke at their funeral. An assistant football coach at Wilson got very emotional as he told the crowd what the boys meant to him. Tears flowed from just about every person at the funeral, but it was more about celebrating their lives and the impact the teens made on everyone.
A key point during the service was the boys' faith and relationships with Christ. Their youth pastor from Liberty Baptist Church shared stories of how the boys' faith inspired his own. Classmates and teammates also spoke about how great Nelson, Turner, and Hines were.
“Tyler and them wouldn’t want me to be sad. They would want me to be strong and not always be sad, and look at the brighter things. They’re in a better place and they’re watching over us," said Michael Delmonds.
The families of the boys held each other tight. After the funeral services, the boys were estored to their gravesites by Lauderdale County Sheriff's deputies. The families had private gravesite services.
As one pastor put it during the service, "It's not goodbye. Just see you later."