2½ years after crash, mom still writes heartbreaking Facebook posts to dead sons
Maryanne MacIntyre uses Facebook to write messages to her sons Logan and Morgan MacIntyre
Two and a half years after a fatal car crash in Port Hood, N.S., Maryanne MacIntyre continues to openly write to her sons on a Facebook page devoted to them.
The group "Rest in Peace Morgan & Logan - Forever loved" was created following the deaths of Logan MacIntyre, 17, and Morgan MacIntyre, 19, on July 22, 2013.
The group has more than 1,000 members.
"It really feels like I'm talking to them and I'm telling them this is exactly how I feel or this is what happened, and yeah, it just makes you feel better," Maryanne said in an interview.
"Then when people comment, you know they're still remembering them and they still have them in their heart."
'The fabric of the community'
Morgan and Logan MacIntyre were in a car with five others in Cape Breton when the driver lost control. Both died at the scene. Morgan's twin brother, Mitchell, survived the crash.
The tragedy rocked the small community of Judique, where the MacIntyre boys grew up.
"Those kids were the fabric of the community," said their uncle, Donnie MacInnis. "The minute they started walking, they were always meeting people up the street if they were 80 years old or if they were 20 years old and shaking hands.
"They were all about respect. So when they were gone, many people couldn't understand it. They just couldn't fathom it, so they're still not able to totally grasp it. And neither can I."
Maryanne MacIntyre remembers when she learned two her sons were dead.
"I just remember I picked up the phone and I called mom and dad and all of my brothers for some reason, and told them, 'We lost the boys,'" she said.
The crash also killed 20-year-old Joel Chandler. Their friend, Dillon MacMillan, was paralyzed.
"I don't remember, but from the accident report they said it was due to excessive speed," MacMillan said.
"It was about 130 or so kilometres an hour that they said we crashed doing. And the driver came around the turn, lost control and shot us into the ditch. We were all thrown from the vehicle."
In July 2015, the 18-year-old driver was sentenced to four months in jail and two months of house arrest on three counts of dangerous driving causing death. His name is banned from publication.
MacIntyre says it was difficult to deal with the sentencing.
"I found it hit more after the sentencing because it's final," she said.
Memorial ball hockey tournament
Last August, a ball hockey tournament was held in Morgan and Logan's honour, with all proceeds going toward a memorial scholarship. Morgan's best friend, MJ MacEachern, organized the event.
"Basically to keep their memory alive. Really, it's the least we can do," she said.
There are plans for an even bigger tournament this year.
MacMillan says the support is another reminder of how lucky he is to be alive, and to still have Mitchell MacIntyre in his life.
"We stayed really close throughout this whole thing," said MacMillan. "He's been just such an awesome friend and helped me with anything I need. Carried me up any stairs I need to go to, carries me into anybody's house, makes sure I'm having a good time.
"We definitely all pulled together as close as we could. We seen what we lost and we couldn't take any more, so we held on to what we had left as much as we could, as tightly as we could."
'I wanna be there for him'
Those close to Mitchell say he doesn't like to talk about that night. His uncle, who also has a twin, believes that will come eventually.
Maryanne's husband, Brian MacIntyre, has also struggled to cope.
"He's a man of few words," she said. "It's hard for him to talk about it."
Maryanne also has her limits.The graveyard is one place she doesn't like to go.
"It's hard because when we bought their headstones, we put their pictures on each headstone and I find that hard, just to look," she said.
"And I know the older that Mitchell is going to get, it's going to get harder to look at Morgan's face because they were so identical."
Maryanne finds comfort writing in the Facebook group.
"They'll be 50 and I'll still be writing to them because I feel like everybody that does comment on it, they feel better after they do," she said.
"I know they're up there listening."