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Young people praised for their ‘amazing’ support to the families of Pulham tragedy teenagers Kyle Warren, Billy Hines and Dominic O’Neill

PUBLISHED: 08:20 05 May 2017 | UPDATED: 21:20 08 May 2017

Billy Hines' brothers Ryan and Jack pictured with Billy's friends and his the car he intended to learn to drive in. Hundreds of people gathered at an event at Morrisons car park in Diss to pay their respects to Billy, Kyle Warren and Dominic O'Neill. Picture: ANDREW PAPWORTH

Billy Hines' brothers Ryan and Jack pictured with Billy's friends and his the car he intended to learn to drive in. Hundreds of people gathered at an event at Morrisons car park in Diss to pay their respects to Billy, Kyle Warren and Dominic O'Neill. Picture: ANDREW PAPWORTH

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It was a devastating tragedy which rocked a community of young people who had formed close friendships with three teenagers who were suddenly taken too soon.

Young people gather at the funeral of Kyle Warren at St John The Baptist Church, Harleston. Picture: NICK BUTCHER Young people gather at the funeral of Kyle Warren at St John The Baptist Church, Harleston. Picture: NICK BUTCHER

But despite being hit hard by the deaths of Kyle Warren, Billy Hines and Dominic O’Neill in a tragic car crash, community leaders say it is the young people themselves who have led the way with their love, care and support in one of the most difficult times.

Just hours after the three popular teenagers died when the car they were travelling in came off the road and hit a tree in Tivetshall Road, Pulham Market on April 5, those who knew them were posting heartfelt tributes on social media and leaving an amazing array of flowers at the scene.

READ MORE: About the scene of the crash

Young people walk behind Dominic O'Neill's coffin with his family, including mother Davina, at his funeral at Pulham Market. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Young people walk behind Dominic O'Neill's coffin with his family, including mother Davina, at his funeral at Pulham Market. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Less than 24 hours after the accident, they had organised a lantern parade in their memory and had set to work on making the car Billy had planned to learn to drive road-legal for memorial a road run from Diss to Yarmouth just a few days later.

That event was attended by hundreds of people, who wrote messages of support and revved their engines in a show of solidarity with the three families.

Young people comfort each other at the funeral of Kyle Warren at St John The Baptist Church, Harleston. Picture: NICK BUTCHER Young people comfort each other at the funeral of Kyle Warren at St John The Baptist Church, Harleston. Picture: NICK BUTCHER

READ MORE: Hundreds gather at emotional event at Morrisons in Diss to pay their respects to Pulham crash teenagers

They also made bracelets containing the initials of the three boys to give people something to remember them by.

And the funerals of the three boys over the past week or so continued to show the amazing response of the area’s young people, with hundreds of teenagers hugging and consoling each other as they attended the services.

Friends watch as Billy Hines' funeral procession arrives at the church at Wortham. PICTURE: Denise Bradley Friends watch as Billy Hines' funeral procession arrives at the church at Wortham. PICTURE: Denise Bradley

READ MORE: Community turns out for Dominic O’Neill’s funeral

READ MORE: Hundreds turn out for Billy Hines’ funeral

Hundreds of people gathered at Morrisons car park in Diss to pay their respects to Kyle Warren, Billy Hines and Dominic O'Neill before going in convoy to Great Yarmouth. Friends signing a canvas put on an advertising board. Picture: ANDREW PAPWORTH Hundreds of people gathered at Morrisons car park in Diss to pay their respects to Kyle Warren, Billy Hines and Dominic O'Neill before going in convoy to Great Yarmouth. Friends signing a canvas put on an advertising board. Picture: ANDREW PAPWORTH

READ MORE: People line the streets to pay final respects to Kyle Warren

The support overwhelmed the families of the three boys - and has impressed community leaders too.

Hundreds of people gathered at Morrisons car park in Diss to pay their respects to Kyle Warren, Billy Hines and Dominic O'Neill before going in convoy to Great Yarmouth. Friends signing a canvas put on an advertising board. Picture: ANDREW PAPWORTH Hundreds of people gathered at Morrisons car park in Diss to pay their respects to Kyle Warren, Billy Hines and Dominic O'Neill before going in convoy to Great Yarmouth. Friends signing a canvas put on an advertising board. Picture: ANDREW PAPWORTH

The Rev Nigel Tuffnell, rector and rural dean of the Seven Churches group in Harleston and the surrounding area, said: “The community has come together amazingly well but what’s been most remarkable is how good the young people have been.

READ MORE: Candle lit at Harleston church in memory of Pulham crash teenagers

The names of the three teenagers on several of the cars at Billy Hines funeral at Wortham. PICTURE: Denise Bradley The names of the three teenagers on several of the cars at Billy Hines funeral at Wortham. PICTURE: Denise Bradley

“They’ve been so dynamic and so effective, and have come together in supporting one another.

“You tend to think it’s the older people supporting the younger ones but it’s amazing how the young people have come together to offer support to the rest of us as well.

“It is very humbling and I’ve been very impressed.”

The Rev Tuffnell added that the public’s response to the tragedy “shows the real health of the community here”.

The site of the fatal accident of the three teenagers, Kyle Warren, Billy Hines and Dominic O'Neill at Pulham Market. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY The site of the fatal accident of the three teenagers, Kyle Warren, Billy Hines and Dominic O'Neill at Pulham Market. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

He added that Kyle’s funeral service at St John the Baptist Church in Harleston - which he led - and Dominic’s at St Mary Magdelene Church in Pulham Market, which he attended, were a great expression of the lives the two boys had lived.

Richard Cranmer, headteacher at Archbishop Sancroft High School (ASHS) - which Kyle and Dom attended - said: “I have been astonished by the intensity and breadth of the response from the communities in which Kyle, Billy and Dom lived and worked.

READ MORE: Emotional assembly held at Harleston’s Archbishop Sancroft High School in memory former students Kyle Warren and Dominic O’Neill

Dominic O'Neill, who died in a crash at Pulham Market. Picture: Norfolk Constabulary Dominic O'Neill, who died in a crash at Pulham Market. Picture: Norfolk Constabulary

“It is clear that their friendship networks were extensive and reached across all ages.

“Each of the funerals were different and reflected the personalities and individuality of each of the young men.

“Looking at the congregation at the funerals of Kyle and Dom was like watching a film of the past eight years in the life of our school. There were so many ex-students who clearly had strong bonds with each other that have lasted long after their time at school - and I think will continue for many, many years.

Billy Hines, who died in a road accident in Pulham Market with his two friends Dominic O'Neill and Kyle Warren. Picture: HINES FAMILY Billy Hines, who died in a road accident in Pulham Market with his two friends Dominic O'Neill and Kyle Warren. Picture: HINES FAMILY

“In our last Ofsted report, the lead inspector described ASHS as ‘a school where students thrive’.

“I have always felt this to be the case but the sad events of the past two weeks have reminded me exactly what she meant.

“We work really hard to enable our students to develop character, to look out for others and to be confident in themselves as they prepare for life beyond school - and at Kyle and Dom’s funerals, we saw plenty of that in each of them.”

Rob Connelly, deputy headteacher at ASHS, added: “The response has reinforced the unique and special community that we are part of.

Kyle Warren, who died in a road crash in Pulham Market, pictured at a wedding. Picture: HELEN ORFORD Kyle Warren, who died in a road crash in Pulham Market, pictured at a wedding. Picture: HELEN ORFORD

“The levels of friendship and compassion demonstrated by so many reflects how much care and love there is for one another.

“These are values that we promote through all our work and it has highlighted the importance of our work in developing character and confidence in young people.”

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