10th anniversary of tragic accident to be observed Friday

On Friday, it will be ten years since since the hearts of the Chaleur region were shattered by a tragic accident that claimed the lives of seven members of the BHS boys' basketball team and a beloved teacher.

Flags at city buildings will fly at half-mast as part of an annual day of mourning proclaimed by the city of Bathurst in December.

Carla Johnstone's brother, 17 year old Javier Acevedo, was one of the seven young men killed in crash.

Johnstone tells our news room she is very touched by the city's initiative to honour those who died that night, as well as the survivors and first responders.

She says the tragedy affected, not only parents and siblings, but the community as a whole.

Meanwhile, Bathurst High School will pay tribute to Acevedo, Nathan Cleland, Justin Cormier, Daniel Hains, Cody Branch, Nick Quinn, Nicholas Kelly, and Elizabeth Lord at a special ceremony in its memorial garden Friday afternoon at 12:20pm.

School principal Shaun Macdonald says staff continue to talk about that night when this time of year rolls around, even though there has been a large turnover in staff since 2008.

Macdonald says it's hard to believe ten years have passed.

He says he will always feel for those who lost so much that cold January night.