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Holy Cross parade pays tribute to four boys killed in crash

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DUBUQUE COUNTY (KWWL) -

Thousands across eastern Iowa are still mourning the death of four Dubuque County boys. 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 UTV, 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.

Even though the boys were from Dyersville, Peosta and Epworth, people all throughout Dubuque County are coming together and facing this tragedy as one large community.

On Saturday floats in the Holy Cross parade paid tribute to the four teens. Holy Cross mayor, Brian Maiers, said the deaths have impacted the entire Dubuque County community.

"It just proved to the outside world that you know we're not just separate towns, we are one town," Maiers said.

Several of the victims family members also took part in the parade on Saturday. The Wilwert family brought a John Deere 4430 tractor their son Bryce had been working on restoring. Another tractor in the parade also paid tribute to Nicholas Kramer of Dyersville.

KWWL talked to family members of Nicholas Kramer who said the family is grateful for all of the community support.

Donations were also collected for the victims families at the parade and during the Holy Cross 5K that took place Saturday morning.

Becca Habegger contributed to this story.

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