Funeral services set for Pascagoula teens

Brandon Rich and Caleb Sweeten were both players on the school's championship football team.
Brandon Rich and Caleb Sweeten were both players on the school's championship football team.

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Funeral arrangements have been made for the two teens killed in a boating accident Sunday on the Pascagoula River.

Visitation for Caleb Sweeten will be Tuesday, May 7th from 5pm to 8pm at First Baptist Church of Pascagoula. The funeral will be Wednesday, May 8th at 4pm. First Baptist Church of Pascagoula is located at the corner of Pascagoula Street and Live Oak Avenue.

Services for Brandon Rich will be Saturday, May 11th beginning at 11am at Union Baptist Church of Pascagoula, located at the corner of Market Street and DuPont Avenue.

Monday night, classmates of the two teens gathered at a pier overlooking the waters of the Mississippi Sound to share memories of their friends.  Many said they were still in a state of disbelief.

"I just went out there to look at the water and say our last goodbyes," Paul Millette said. "That's basically all we can do. I don't feel anything right now. It's like it's not real. I don't want to believe it."

Landry Loston said he was close with both of the young men.

"It just seems so unfair. I can't describe it really," Loston said. "I'm just angered, sadness, depression, everything. I mean Brandon, that's my classmate, that's my brother to me. I was always with him."

Many of their peers spoke about Caleb and Brandon being all star athletes. As players on the championship team, they brought the students together every week to watch them play. Now even in their absence, they continue to bring the students together. At a time like this, that's exactly what they need.

"I just hurts because both of them were great friends with everybody. They got along with everyone. It is bring the whole community, plus other communities together," Derrick Daughtry said.

While the pain of coming to grips with the shocking loss won't be easy, many of the students say they know at some point, things will get better. That doesn't change the fact that, right now, it just hurts.

"I feel like a dream and it's not real. I can't believe they're gone," Jakena Stennis said.

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