Castine, Maine — Several hundred students, faculty and local residents held a candlelight vigil Sunday evening for the four Maine Maritime Academy students killed in a fiery SUV crash.
Maine Maritime Academy President Jerry Paul addressed the somber event on the lawn of Levitt Hall after checking in on grieving students throughout the day.
“Mourn the memory of these young men. We will never forget them and neither will this moment in the history of the Maine Maritime Academy. They were lost too soon and before their watch was up. We will ring for them and in due time ” Eight bells in his honor,” said Paul.
The ringing of eight bells is a maritime tradition that honors a person who has died.
Four students were killed and three others were injured when a 2013 Range Rover driven by Joshua Goncalves-Redding, 20, of North Babylon, New York, crashed into a tree and burst into flames early Saturday. Goncalves-Redding and two other students survived and were taken to local hospitals.
The dead were identified as Brian Keneally, 20, of York, Maine; Chase Fawcett, 21, of Gardiner, Maine; Luke Simpson, 22, of Rockport, Massachusetts; and Riley Ignacio-Cameron, 20, of Aquinnah, Massachusetts.
Maine Maritime Academy is a four-year college focused on maritime training with areas of study including engineering, management, science, and transportation.
This tragedy has deeply shocked the organized community. The town of Castine has approximately 800 to 900 residents, with approximately the same number of students at the Maine Maritime Academy. Some students work with the local fire department that responded to the scene.
The state police is probing the cause of the accident.
Friday was the last day of fall term, and finals were to begin the following week. The college plans to have grief counselors for students, faculty, and staff.