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Marion community mourns the loss of Taylor Christie and Evan Woodward

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Marion, NY - Many in the Marion community are mourning the loss of two brothers killed in a crash Monday evening.

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office said 20-year-old Taylor Christie was driving on Ridge Chapel Road in Marion when he lost control of the car and hit a tree. His 16-year-old brother, Evan Woodward, was also in the car. Both died at the scene.

On Tuesday, dozens stopped by the crash scene, leaving candles and messages of support for the family.

Woodward's girlfriend, Taylor Malchoff, was wearing his soccer jacket when she stopped at the scene.

"He was such a kind boy. He always there for me whenever I needed him," said Malchoff. "I was lost for words. It was unreal."

Woodward was a junior at Marion High School. Christie graduated in 2015.

Friends tell 13WHAM both brothers were athletes. Woodward played soccer and was also a member of the basketball team.

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office is still investigating the crash, telling 13WHAM Tuesday it is still not clear what caused the vehicle to leave the roadway and hit the tree. Deputies said Taylor was picking up Woodward from basketball practice and the two were on their way home. The boys lived about half a mile away from the crash scene.

The Marion Central School District released a statement Tuesday, offering support and counseling to students at the school.

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