Community mourns the loss of 2 teens

News 12 at 6 o'clock / Monday, October 14, 2013

APPLING, Ga. (WRDW) -- A smattering of spray paint marks the spots on the road where two teens lost their lives

"A fine Christian family and a fine Christian young man. You just don't understand why something like this would happen," Lewis admitted.

Deputies say 18-year old Chance Lonergan and 17-year-old Scotti Gandy were driving along Shucraft Road when they lost control and were ejected from the car.

"It's like a bad dream. You want to wake up from it and, you know, act like maybe it didn't happen," Lewis explained.

Now, all that remains are two roadside crosses honoring the teens that were so beloved in the community and a handwritten note singing their praises and promising never to forget.

"When you see that you just realize how much the people loved them and thought of them. You can tell these people were loved," Lewis said.

Coach Jimmie Lewis has known Lonergan all his life -- fighting fires with his daddy and coaching him all four years in baseball at Harlem High.
He says the loss of these two has hit the town hard.

"It's a close-knit tow,n a close-knit family that was impacted by this, and it's just, it's a tough thing to deal with, but you got to let your faith in God comfort you. That's all there is to it," Lewis explained.

A spray painted message from their peers on a boulder in front of the school faces up to the sky where Lewis says now two new faces will be looking down.

"Oh, there's no doubt they're in heaven. God needed two good angels, and he got two of the best he could find," Lewis said.

Lonergan is the son of Harlem's Fire Chief and was hoping to follow in his dad's footsteps and become a firefighter. Friends say Gandy was on the volleyball team and was always smiling.

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