Three Massachusetts teenagers were killed in a car crash earlier this month, and their classmates are having a hard time coping. Blake Shelton had no ties to those who died, but felt compelled to deliver a message of hope to the mourning, as local newspaper the Telegram reports, because he has been there.
Shelton lost his 24-year-old brother Richie in a car accident when he was a teen himself. So when a family friend reached out to the singer’s mother, he recorded a message for the Quaboag Regional High School students in hopes to provide some healing words after the deaths of their classmates Jaclyn R. Desrosiers, Christian J. Congelos, and Lena A. Noonan.
“It breaks my heart. I completely know how it feels. I lost my brother in a car accident. I can understand how you guys feel. It’s the worst possible feeling,” Shelton says in a clip. “It’s confusion. It’s anger. It’s just an overall brokenness that’s just gonna take a lot of time to heal. If you can find comfort in anything, it’s just knowing that they’re all in a better place now and God has a plan.”
He adds, “I still miss my brother every day, and you’re going to miss those guys every day. I just wanted to say I’m thinking of you and it gets easier, it just takes a long time. Just always honor their memory and never forget about them. God bless you guys. I’m praying for you.”
Shelton’s message was made into an eight-minute video slideshow of photos of the three high school students who lost their lives.