TRACADIE-SHAILA, N.B.-  The mayor of a small New Brunswick community says separate, private funerals will be held for four young people who died when their car slid into the icy Tracadie River on Friday.

Aldeoda Losier, the mayor of Tracadie-Sheila, says the families of four teenagers from the Acadian peninsula have told him they aren’t seeking a public memorial to mark the tragedy.

Losier says the northeastern New Brunswick community is mourning, noting all local churches observed two minutes of silence Sunday in the victims’ honour.

RCMP say 17-year-old Marie-Helene Gauvin of Pointe Canot, 18-year-old Tommy Losier and 19-year-old Brian Basque, both of Ste-Rose, and 20-year-old Alexandre McGraw of Losier Settlement died in the crash near Tracadie-Sheila.

The mayor says the three young men had all attended W.-Arthur-Losier high school in Tracadie-Sheila, while the young
woman went to school on nearby Lameque Island.