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'We will get through this': Hundreds honour Humboldt Broncos at vigil on home ice

From CBC - April 8, 2018

Hundreds of people gathered in Humboldt, Sask., Sunday night to mourn those killed and injured in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash.

The vigil, organized by the Saskatchewan government and local faith leaders, began early in the evening from the Elgar Petersen Arena, home of the Broncos junior league hockey team.

Fifteen people died from the Fridaycollision between a bus carrying the Broncos and a tractor trailer. Another fourteen were injured.

"I do not want to be here. But it's good that we are," team pastor Sean Brandowsaid in the night's most emotional speech.

Brandow said he drove the same route to Friday night's scheduledgame against the NipawinHawksand came across the wreckage of the crash, later coming "to sit and hold the hand of a lifeless body."

Brandow spoke with the photos of the dead Broncos players before him, saying it reminded him of sitting behind the team bench during games.

"I stared at the back of your players' heads just like I am doing right now. I sit there because I want to see the names on their jerseys."

He concluded, "Canwe heal? Yes. Will the scarsbe there? Yes."

"We will get through this," Humboldt Mayor RobMuenchsaid to thepacked arena dotted with people wearing the green-and-yellow Broncos jersey, including Muench himself.

"To use a hockey analogy, we will stickhandleour way through this and hopefully we wo not have to dump it in the corner and we will get to the net," said Muench.

'We are with you, we are behind you'

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