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Grande Prairie teens laid to rest

The Grande Prairie football players killed last weekend by an alleged drunk driver were laid to rest Thursday and Friday in funerals that were attended by hundreds of friends and family.
Many people who attended Vincent Stover's funeral wore the colours of his Warriors football team. (CBC)

The Grande Prairie football players killed last weekend by an alleged drunk driver were laid to rest Thursday and Friday in funerals that were attended by hundreds of friends and family.

Matthew Deller, 16, and Vincent Stover, 16, Walter Borden-Wilkins, 15, and Tanner Hildebrand, 15, lost their lives after their car was struck by a GMC pickup truck early Saturday morning. 

Vincent Stover's funeral was held Friday in Grande Prairie, Alta. (CBC)

Zachary Judd, 15, survived the crash but was airlifted to hospital in Edmonton with critical injuries.

All five teens were members of the Warriors football team at Grande Prairie Composite High School.  Funerals for Borden-Wilkins and Hildebrand were held Thursday; services for Deller and Stover were held the next day.

Judd remains in a medically-induced coma in Edmonton. His aunt Shelley Judd says the family is holding on to hope that he will pull through.

"Every day that goes by, every minute that goes by, he's fighting," she said. "And as long as he's still fighting, we're going to fight with him."

Despite the tragedy, the team is expected to take part in a playoff game Saturday.

Brenden Holubowich, 21, is facing 11 charges related to the collision, including impaired driving causing death and failure to remain at the scene.

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