The four teens killed in a crash involving a concrete truck in Invercargill on Friday afternoon have been identified by police.
Three of the boys, all 16 years old, were from Bluff.
Konnor Steele, Indaka Rouse, and Kyah Kennedy.
O Maruhuatau Otuwhare Tawhai, a 17-year-old Invercargill resident, was the fourth person.
They were all attending the Southland Boys’ High School (SBHS), according to a statement made on Sunday.
“This is a difficult time for the Bluff, Invercargill, and SBHS communities.
“Our thoughts are with the grieving families and we have reached out to them.
“We are saddened by the loss of four young men who had a life of potential ahead of them.
“Our staff team with support from MOE will be available for affected whanau and friends over the coming times.”
Bluff’s Port Softball club paid tribute to Kyah Kennedy, who was a member of one of their teams.
“We are devastated. Kyah you were one of a kind.
“A kind, respectful, young man who had the meanest skill set.
“You have been a part of our club for so long and we are just over-struck with sadness that you’re now flying high with the angels,” the post reads.
Condolences were also issued by the police.
“Police would like to extend our sincere condolences to their family and friends,” a spokesperson said.
“An investigation into the crash remains ongoing and there are no further updates at this time.”
The four teenagers were in a black Ford Ranger ute when it collided with the truck just before 4 p.m. on Friday near Queens Park, according to police.