When it comes to losing people you love, there’s certainly never a good time for it to happen. But when a tragedy takes place around the holidays, the devastation seems to be compounded. And when those lives are taken in their prime, the grief is unimaginable. Blake Shelton knows about that, and now, sadly, so do the students at Quaboag Regional High School in Massachusetts.
Just before the Thanksgiving holiday, three QRHS students were killed in a single car crash. According to Worcester’s “Telegram,” the teenagers were popular athletes, two girls, and a boy.
When it was discovered that one of the school’s committee members had a tie to the Shelton family, a representative of the school reached out to Blake’s mother to see if the country star would be willing to share the story of his own grief. As many fans will recall, Blake lost his 24-year-old brother Richie in a car accident when the future country star was just a young teenager.
The newspaper reports that Blake recorded a video for the school’s students saying, “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. 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 goes on to say, “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.”
As poignant as that is, Blake and Richie’s mother also said that there is nothing that can be done to help alleviate the grief. “They’re going to hurt for the rest of their lives,” she said of the students.
Those students have gone on to create a tribute video to the three teens incorporating the video Blake sent them, and using a recording of Cassadee Pope singing “Over You,” a song Blake co-wrote specifically about the loss of his brother.
Our hearts go out to the families and classmates affected by this tragic loss. You are all in our prayers.