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Ribbons around Epworth a tribute to the four boys who died

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The communities of western Dubuque County are finding ways to honor the memory of the four boys who died Saturday in a crash.

According to the Dubuque County Sheriff's Office, 24-year-old Joe Connolly was heading south on Hartbecke Road in Dubuque County, driving a diesel pickup truck hauling a horse trailer, when he failed to stop at the East Pleasant Grove Road intersection's stop sign.

He then hit a Gator off-road utility vehicle, which was carrying four 14-year-old boys and traveling east on East Pleasant Grove Road. All four of the boys died, and Connolly's two passengers were injured. One of the horses in the trailer also died.

The boys were Bryce Wilwert, Sean Kenneally, Nicholas Kramer and Mitchell Kluesner.

Ribbons are now hanging throughout the city of Epworth.

The red and black ones represent the colors of Western Dubuque High School, where all four of the 14-year-olds would have been freshmen this fall.

The orange ribbons represent the local baseball team of one of the boys, Mitchell Kluesner.

Community members say Kluesner's team, the Epworth Orioles, played and won their game Tuesday night. The team displayed his jersey, No. 22, on the fence the entire time.

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