Vigil held in honor of teens lost in Susquehanna River

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PLYMOUTH, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Just one night after the bodies of two Plymouth boys were pulled from the Susquehanna River, a community rocked by the tragedy is remembering the victims. On Wednesday evening, loved ones, friends, neighbors and town leaders came together to honor their memories.

A mother’s worst nightmare. On Tuesday, two teenage boys, best friends, went for a swim on the Susquehanna River and never came back.

“My friend was screaming saying ‘call the cops, call for help they’re drowning.’ After that I just ran for the bushes — no hesitation — just ran down right to the rocks. After that I didn’t see nothing,” witness Richard Forsey said.

After about five hours of searching, rescue teams recovered the bodies of the two teens, ages 15 and 17, at the bottom of the river. Wednesday evening family, friends and members of the community held a candlelight vigil on the beach at the park in Plymouth borough, where the boys were last seen alive.

Heartbroken family members placed roses in the river, one for each boy and lit candles around a makeshift memorial on the beach. Dozens came out to support the families.

“These kids touched everybody’s hearts,” Forsey said.

While nothing could take away the pain, some people in the community are doing anything they can to help. A local barber says he’s donating the proceeds from 48 hours of haircuts to help with funeral costs.

“I said what can I do so I said let me start doing cuts and whatever money I make I’ll donate it,” Wilkes-Barre barber Richard Wojcik said.

“Plymouth is a caring town a lot of people may not agree with me but when you see something like this it comes out. They’re caring and they’re very generous and I’m sure they’re going to help the family here in this,” Plymouth Mayor Frank Coughlin said.

And as the storm rolls in, a community begins to heal. The teens were both students at Wyoming Valley West High School in Plymouth where grief counselors will be on hand Thursday for any students or staff who need someone to talk to.

Meanwhile, Faith Baptist Church of Plymouth set up an account to collect donations for the boys’ funeral expenses.

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