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Teen brothers killed in Caroline crash, friends gathered for vigil

Ian (L) and Jalen (R) Brown were killed in a crash in Caroline County. (Source: Chris Recabo) Ian (L) and Jalen (R) Brown were killed in a crash in Caroline County. (Source: Chris Recabo)
Ladysmith Road closed while State Police investigating fatal crash in Caroline County. (Source: NBC12) Ladysmith Road closed while State Police investigating fatal crash in Caroline County. (Source: NBC12)
Crash site (Source: NBC12) Crash site (Source: NBC12)
Jalen Brown on the Spotsylvania High School track team (Source: The Knight Times) Jalen Brown on the Spotsylvania High School track team (Source: The Knight Times)
CAROLINE, VA (WWBT) -

State police have identified the two victims killed in a crash in Caroline on Thursday morning.

The driver, Ian D. Brown, 18, and the passenger, Jalen Brown, 15, both died at the scene. Police confirmed the two were brothers. The two attended Spotsylvania High School as Senior and Sophomore students respectively.

The single-vehicle crash happened around 7:18 a.m. on Ladysmith Road at Countyline Church Road. Police said a 2003 Jeep Liberty was traveling west on Route 639 when it ran off the right side of the road and struck two trees.

As new spread throughout the community, the brothers' closest friends started to gather. Chris ReCabo called Ian and his best friend. "I get this call that Ian's been in this fatal car accident, and it's just mind blowing. We came to school when everybody's here gathered around and sad and crying. I'm like, 'What's going on right now? This can't be real.'"

Jalen's friend Charlie Lewis shared memories from the first time he met him. "Jalen was in my math class last year. "He was the quiet one. I sat next to him. He had us laughing and stuff. We work together. he was just a good kid," Lewis said.

Friends hosted a candlelight vigil in the Spotsylvania High School parking late Thursday, with a sea of students gathering in front of the building.

Classmates lit dozens of candles in front of a stone painted with the school's knight mascot, with parents and teachers holding balloons in the background.

A crisis team has been deployed to the school for counseling.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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