Emotional memorial service held for Pascagoula teens

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Teenagers who didn't even know Caleb Sweeten and Brandon Rich came from across Jackson County to be with Pascagoula High classmates, offering comfort and support. Trying to cope with losing two young people is never easy, but since Sunday's boating accident, friends and family have been doing their best. A memorial was held to remember Brandon and Caleb and focus on healing.

Hundreds packed Pascagoula's high school gym with heavy hearts, hoping to heal after losing Brandon and Caleb far too soon.

"Hopefully, they rest in peace in heaven, and there is a reason for everything and it was their time to go, "a Pascagoula high student said.

At times you could see people wiping away tears and bowing their heads, some sobbing as classmates shared their memories about two awesome young men.

"Everywhere I go reminds me of Caleb," his best friend said. "I see his old baseball glove he left at my house, his old football numbers."

"We love you, we miss you and we want you back," another classmate said.

"I feel like there is a reason God took Brandon and Caleb cause they were two of the most loved people in Pascagoula," Caleb and Brandon's friend said to the crowd of mourners.

As those who loved Caleb and Brandon try to find peace and make sense of it all, there came words of comfort and encouragement.

"Everything inside of us hurts. But we cannot give up because I can tell you for a fact if Caleb and Brandon could come down here right now, that's exactly what they will tell us. You cannot quit," Youth Pastor Jonathon Watts said.

The funeral for Brandon Rich is Saturday at Union Baptist Church in Pascagoula at 11am.

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