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Hundreds gather at Moab candlelight vigil to remember teens killed in crash

It was a raw, emotional evening in Moab, Utah, Wednesday as hundreds gathered to remember two teenagers killed in a car crash.

That crash early Sunday in northern San Juan County left three other teens hurt.

"It's been pretty somber," said Stephen Hren, principal at Grand County High School. "It is a small community so it's a loss for everyone."

Taylor Bryant, 14, and Connor Denney, 17, both died in the crash when the car they were riding in rolled several times. Investigators in San Juan County say alcohol and excessive speed likely played a role.

Daniel McCrary, 17, Gage Moore, 17, and Tierney DeMille, 14, were all critically injured.

On the high school football field Wednesday evening, friends and family gathered at a candlelight vigil to share memories and hold a moment of silence.

Claire Allred, Connor's cousin, was one of those who attended.

"He was just nice to everybody and just a good kid," she said, adding that he excelled at sports. "Baseball and soccer and football and basketball, all of them. And he was good at every single one of them."

In fact, Connor was going to start for the first time this weekend at a baseball tournament in New Mexico.

Taylor was an athlete, too. Katie McKay played basketball with her at Grand County High School.

"She gave people a reason to work a little harder in practice," McKay said. "She lived life like anyone should and it gave us all more reason to live a little harder today."

It's a big loss for this small town. And for Claire Allred, who misses her cousin, it's a sobering reminder.

"I'm a teenager, too, and I know what it's like to go out and want to have fun with your friends," she said, "but it's important to be safe."

The investigation into that crash is still underway.

Meanwhile, funeral services have been planned. Taylor's services will be held Monday, March 13 at the Moab LDS Stake Center at 1:00 p.m. Connor's funeral will be held Tuesday, March 14 at 10:30 a.m. at the Grand County High School baseball field.

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