Community urged to keep supporting families of Pulham Market crash victims
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Friends and neighbours have been urged to continue supporting the families of three teenagers killed in a tragic car crash.
Since the April 5 crash the community has rallied round to support their closest friends and family, with hundreds of people attending each of the boys’ funerals.
Young people have been particularly singled out for praise, with dozens walking with Dominic’s mother Davina behind the coffin at his funeral, as well as organising a huge car rally in memory of all three boys from Diss to Yarmouth.
Now that the funerals and remembrance services have finished, the Rev Nigel Tuffnell – rural dean at the Seven Churches group in and around Harleston – said: “I’d certainly want to encourage them to stay in touch and stay supportive.”
He said that: “It’s not easy to know what to say after the immediate event and the immediate emotion.”
But he said human nature means people sometimes avoid speaking about those who have died for fear of upsetting a loved one.
“Often no-one will speak because they don’t feel they can,” he said.
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However he said it would be important for the families going that people are “willing to speak about the memories of the person”.
Given the huge outpouring of support for the families though, the Rev Tuffnell said: “We’d expect good care from the community and that friends will still be around and be supportive in the weeks, months and years ahead.
“I’m confident that enough will be there for the parents.”
An inquest into the deaths of the three teenagers was opened shortly after the incident and adjourned until later this year.
A shrine of tributes remains at the scene, where people also left flowers after hearing of the tragedy.
The families of the three boys have also paid heartfelt tribute to their loved ones, with Kyle, Dominic and Billy all described as popular teenagers who lived life to the full.