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Services Honor Brothers Who Died In Effingham Co Explosion

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Families are honoring three Effingham County boys who were killed in a crash.  A memorial service was held Friday evening for the brothers who were killed in that tanker explosion on Highway 17 last week. 

"When we found out, it was such a shock to the whole family.  The three boys, they were good boys and they shouldn't be like this," said Brittany Hansen who is a cousin of the boys.   

The memorial service was held in the Fairhaven Funeral Home in Garden City.  The boys were killed last week in an explosion on Highway 17, just south of Guyton.

18 year old Wesley Mulligan, 16 year old Garrett Mulligan, and 3 year old Eli Hickox were from Effingham County.  They died when the pickup truck they were riding in went through a stop sign and T-Boned a tanker truck.  The tanker exploded and fire crews fought the flames as the gasoline burned for several hours. 

"They want us to celebrate Wesley, Garrett and Eli.  They don't want us to be sad, but at the same time you can't help but be sad," Hansen said.   

Hansen says the family calls this a time for celebrating their young lives even if they were lost too soon. 

"The boys, they wouldn't want us to be sad.  That's why we're not dressing up you know.  Tracy, the momma, wanted us all to wear camouflage," Hansen said.    

Many of the attendees wore camouflage, while others wore jeans and t-shirts. 

"It's not really formal. The boys wouldn't want that.  They were all really laid back and fun and energetic," she said.   

Garrett was a sophomore at Effingham County High School.  Wesley graduated from Richmond Hill High. 

Sheriff's investigators say Wesley, Garrett and Eli were on their way to pick up their young sister when they hit the tanker truck.  The driver of the tanker was able to escape the explosion, uninjured.  He is not facing any charges. 

The celebration of life for the boys will be Saturday at noon at the Fairhaven Funeral Home in Garden City.  That's the same place where Friday's viewing was held.  The family has said both events are open to the public. 

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