'Heartwarming' and 'healing' vigil held for 3 boys killed in Nelson House, Man.
Terrence Spence, 13, Keithan Lobster, 11 and Mattheo Moore-Spence were hit, killed by vehicle Saturday
On the stretch of a Manitoba dirt road where three boys lost their lives Saturday night, hundreds of people gathered for a candlelight vigil to say goodbye.
"Heartwarming. Healing. Helpful," said Arla Linklater, whose nephew Keithan was killed.
"We come together to support each other," Diane Linklater, a respected elder in the community, said earlier in the day.
Many children from Nelson House gathered in front of the stage, where members of the community led songs, prayers and shared memories of their playmates.
"I'll never get to see my cousins again," one little boy said to the CBC, with tears in his eyes, before embracing his grandma.
At the base of a hill by a teepee stood the families of the boys who died.
People travelled from surrounding communities including Thompson, The Pas and Cross Lake in a show of love and support.
"They were very rambunctious boys," she said with a laugh.
She said she waved to them when she saw them on their bikes, on that road, when she left the community on Friday.
"Because people make a lot of mistakes ... and it affects everybody."
Todd Norman Linklater, 27, has been charged with impaired driving. He is also a resident of the community about 660 kilometres north of Winnipeg.
At the vigil, the singers sang Eagle Song and Spirit Bear, as well as Forever Young and the Dixie Chicks' Easy Silence.
Several CFL players, who are in town holding a training camp, which the boys were a part of, also attended the vigil.
Chief Marcel Moody called the families of the children up by their first names, and in a line, each child, parent and grandparent shook hands or embraced a line of sombre-faced RCMP and other first responders.
Hundreds of others followed one by one, then embraced along the road, as several candle-lit lanterns were released into the sky.