PEI mourns the loss of two baseball players
It was a somber day today for Prince Edward Islanders as they mourn the loss of two young, promising baseball players.
Friends of the two victims, Mitch MacLean and Tanner Craswell, say the two were the finest kind of young men. Both had dreams of making the major leagues and were hoping to win baseball scholarships from American universities.
"Through the hockey community back home they're not friends, they're brothers," said Jim Morrison, a friend of the victims, "PEI is small and close and it touched a lot of people right across the country."
Shock and sadness have permeated the sport community in PEI.
Don LeClair, the president of Baseball PEI, watched the pair excel in baseball. He can empathize with the family. "A number of my children went to school in Western Canada and the excitement you feel waiting for them to come home at the airport and now these people are waiting for these caskets to come," said LeClair, "The whole PEI community will be saddened. It will take a little bit of joy out of our Christmases. How can you be joyous when others are overwhelmed with grief?"
The Island Junior C Abbies Hockey Team cancelled its two games this weekend to pay respect to the MacLean and Craswell family.
Police are hoping the sole survivor, Shayna Conway, will be able to shed some light on exactly what happened on the roadside.
With files from CTV Atlantic's Dan Viau