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Friends hold service to remember teens killed in Bristol car accident

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BRISTOL, VA (WJHL) -

When you hear about tragedies, naturally you never think something could happen so close to home. That was the theme News Channel 11 kept hearing at Saturday's memorial.

Virginia State Police said the accident happened around 4:15 Friday afternoon on  Reserve Boulevard, inside a privately owned gated community in Bristol.  Police said the Toyota Prius ran off the side of the road and struck a tree.

Blake and Colton's friends shared so many memories about them, memories they didn't think would mean so much to them so soon.

One friend shared a story about the third boy in the car, who survived, Charlie Arnie. She recalls the speech his gave their band just last week, right before their last competition.

"Charlie said look around you, look at the person next to you, we would all be broken if you lost them next week. And I was standing right next to Colton and Blake," one friend said. "I just never thought it was a possibility to lose the person standing next to me and I lost both. I loved them so much and I never in a million years thought I'd have to use a past tense to talk about them."

"You never know how much someone means to you until they're gone, you never know that last fight you had could be your last words," said another. "To find out, to hear that your two best friends that you hang out with everyday, that you have fun with, you go to games with, you go on trips with you have the time of your life, you find out they're not coming to that next game."

Just a day after these friends found out news they never thought they would hear, they put together this service to talk about the boys they all loved.

Many different friends got up to share their story of what the boys meant to them.

"Blake and Colton were the most truest friends you'll ever find in the whole world."

"Just remember the good times and remember how blessed we were to know them and just let their memory live on."

"I just don't want anyone to forget how amazing they were. Please don't they were wonderful people, they were my best friends."

Charlie Arnie was the only one in the car who survived.

He talked about the moment it all happened.

"They were talking and whenever it happened it was dead silent. It was like God prepared the world to receive two magnificent guys," Arnie said.  "When I was blacked out I know that God talked to me. He told me to be strong and that there's a purpose for everything. Knowing I was inches away from death and all I could think of when I woke up was God id good all the time. The lord giveth and the lord taketh away."

And though these two boys were taken away, friends let laughter fill the room as they told their favorite stories about Colton and Blake.

For every story told there were countless others about these two who meant so much to so many.

Friends and loved ones wrote memories and thoughts on post-it notes and put them on a cross in the center of the church.

"I know that Colton and Blake are in heaven right now and they're dancing with Jesus," one friend said.

Though Monday will mark the first day at school without Colton and Blake, for the many who hold the teens close to their hearts, they will never be without their memory.

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