Friends, family mourn loss of 3 teens killed in wreck

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Mt. PLEASANT, TX (KLTV) - J.R. "Cecil" Galloway, 19, Markeeven Eaton, 19, and Timothy Haskins, 17, died in a wreck about four miles outside of Mount Pleasant.

"They were very close," said Montari Morrison, J.R. Galloway's brother. "The way they hung out you would have thought they were brothers."

The devastating loss of Galloway, Eaton and Haskins has sent shock waves throughout Mount Pleasant.

"It's hit everybody," said Morrison. "It's hit everybody."

DPS says the teens were driving on a two lane road Saturday when, suddenly, their Pontiac collided with a Nissan. The wreck was so horrendous, all three boys had to be cut out of their seat belts.

Galloway was sitting in the back seat.

"Jay was the sweetest little brother that you ever will meet," said Morrison. "He was an outdoorsman. He was a country boy. He loved coon hunting."

Tim Haskings loved the outdoors too. A senior at Mount Pleasant High School, he played football. His 2010 classmates say he was looking forward to graduation; just four months away.

"When I found out about it, I was like I can't cry anymore because I know that he wouldn't want me to cry and he was just...I loved him," said one classmate.

To help the teens' families, the Mount Pleasant seniors are raising money to help with funeral expenses.

"With us being together like this, I think it's brining our class closer," said Elisa Bryson.

"We're all trying to be strong for each other," said Shawnte Morrison.

As for the grieving families, trying to be strong this Christmas is a challenging task.

"We already had gifts made out for him," said Morrison. "It's kind of hard to go through a Christmas where you have presents but not for somebody that's not there; not for somebody that's running late but for somebody that's gone forever."

Right now, investigators don't know what caused the accident or who was at fault.  They do say alcohol was not a factor. As for the victims in the other vehicle, they suffered non life-threatening injuries.

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