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Community of New Boston Township Feel The Loss of 2-Boys Drowning

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"Those kids had a lot of life left."

Authorities say 9-year old Nicholas Bullock and his older brother, 12-year old Harland "Jesse" Bullock drowned in the Edwards River on Friday. The boys had been wading earlier that day and stepped into a drop off where they were unable to get themselves back out.

Locals in the community say they are feeling a major loss.

"I mean they were young and I just don't know how the parents can bounce back from it, I don't know how anybody can go on. You know it makes you think twice what you're letting your kids do and where they're at or what they're doing." said Teresa Gilbert of Aledo, IL.

The New Boston Fire and Police Chief, Mike Defrieze, says their younger brother Thomas was fortunatly pulled out and saved by a cousin. But people in the community can't help but to feel the loss of the two-little boys that didn't make it.

"It's dangerous, but to have something as innocent as kids waiting around in a stream and dying, it just seems to have more of an affect," said Pastor Kevin Pauley, for the Community Bible Fellowship

The boys will be laid to rest on Wednesday, leaving a big mark on their small community.