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Tributes pile up for tragic teens

FLOWERS and tributes are piling up in Moffat for the three boys who were killed in a road smash this week.

The town, and area, is in mourning for Finlay Johns, Tyler Johnston and Ian Cannon, all aged 16, who were passengers in a car which crashed on the A711 early on Wednesday. They died at the scene.

A fundraising page set up in their memory has already raised over £500. The organisers want to use the money to buy a memorial brick at Rangers FC, the boys’ beloved football club. And they pledged to give anything left over to the families.

Meanwhile, youngsters in Moffat held a balloon release vigil on Wednesday night, and a similar event took place in Lockerbie in honour of the teens, who were well known locally.

Rev Elsie Macrae, of St Andrew’s Church, is offering support to the shocked community.

She said: “This is a heart breaking tragedy and the whole community is shocked and stunned that young people have lost their lives.

“Words alone cannot express our feelings of deep sadness, confusion and perhaps anger.

“We are all grieving and our hearts go out to their family and friends and we hold them in our prayers along with the other people who were injured and being treated in hospital. We hope that they make a speedy and full recovery.

“As we come to terms with this terrible loss, St Andrews Church is open 10am – 4pm today, Friday, and on Saturday for anyone who would like some quiet time or an opportunity to say prayers for all those affected.”