The small town of Denton, Montana is mourning the tragic death of four teenage boys after an unexplainable car accident on June 19th.

Brothers Kale and Kade Phelps and fellow Denton residents Jace Jelinek and Dayne Heble were killed when the car that they were riding in crashed, rolled over, and burst into flames. mentioned that the four teens were on their way to a basketball tournament in a nearby town.

Denton, Montana has a population of about 300 people, and life revolves around small-town business and school sports. The four teens made up 10 percent of Denton High School’s student population.

A memorial service was held at the high school football field on Thursday, with more than 1,000 residents in attendance. People brought food and drinks, and relatives and classmates recalled the lives of four young boys, all who loved sports, their families, and school.

“There have never been four more spirited boys,” recalled the mother of Jace Jelinek, Terri.

Montana has a very high rate of vehicle accidents that result in death. Teens are able to drive at age 15, and the speed limit is often faster than 55 on the long, straight, rural roads.

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Nicolette Kuff is a freelance writer from Upstate NY.

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