After the tragedy: community's outpouring of grief after tragic crash which claimed lives of teenagers Dominic O'Neill, Kyle Warren and Billy Hines
PUBLISHED: 11:07 08 April 2017 | UPDATED: 18:05 08 April 2017
"You have left me broken hearted. What am I going to do without you?"
That was a grandparent’s message of grief as a community struggled to come to terms with death of three young teenagers with their whole lives ahead of them in a tragic car crash on a country road.
Pulham Market residents had spent the immediate aftermath of the crash in Tivetshall Road at 11.45pm on Wednesday trying to come to terms with the sudden loss of Dominic O’Neill, Kyle Warren and Billy Hines.
Shortly after police reopened the road on Thursday evening residents began to pay their tributes, with hundreds of people gathering at Eye Airfield to release Chinese lanterns in the teenagers’ memory.
And yesterday the shock and sadness came out into the open as tearful residents left dozens of bunches of flowers by trees which the black Ford Ka hit.
Relatives of the three young people also visited the scene, with one message from Kyle’s family reading: “Missing you bud, you will always be my baby boy. Loving you forever.”
The grandparents of Kyle later arrived, hammering into the ground a tribute to all three teenagers on a wooden board.
It read: “My dearest Kyle, you are my oldest grandson, my best friend and my right hand man.
“You will probably never know how much I loved you. You have left me broken hearted. What am I going to do without you?”
Archbishop Sancroft High School in Harleston - which Kyle and Dominic attended - opened its doors during the Easter holidays to provide support to students and staff affected.
Headteacher Richard Cranmer said: “We were shocked and saddened by the loss of these three young people.
“We felt it appropriate to open the school for a couple of hours to provide some space for those who wanted to come together to share their grief.”
A candle was also lit at Harleston’s St John the Baptist Church.
The Rev Nigel Tuffnell said: “There’s pain in the town and there’s pain for the three families.
“This is a centrepoint in the town and it seems right that it would be a place where people could go and express their grief.”