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Friends, family hold candlelight vigil for victims of Pittsfield crash

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. – Friends and family of the two men who died in a car crash on Tuesday in Pittsfield gathered Friday night at Park Square to pay their respects, remember, and mourn the loss of two people that were loved so dearly.

In the cold and in the dark, lights began to shine in remembrance of 37-year-old Ernest Duck, Jr. and 34-year-old Tariq Sally.

"They were my world, best friends over 20 years," said friend Cynde Cibelli.

Cibelli says Tuesday was a blur. 

"I was the first one at the hospital, and I don't know, I still don't believe it," she said.  

Shortly before 3 p.m. Tuesday, police say the car the two were in was headed down Second Street at a high speed.  Eyewitnesses say they saw it run stop lights, cross over a busy East Street before slamming in to the front of Pittsfield High School.

"I have to believe it but I don't want to believe it," said Cibelli.

"I just broke down.  It's a lie, it's a lie, stop lying," said Cristina Choa, Duck's fiancée, as she describes getting a phone call about the accident. "I'm still waiting for him to walk in the door."

She, along with about 80 people, lit candles, wore shirts of remembrance, and prayed in downtown Pittsfield Friday night.

"He [Ernest Duck] was loved everywhere, this whole community knew him, loved him," said Choa.  "He had the biggest heart there was, I don't know anyone who had a bigger heart than him."

"It feels good to know that everybody is here to love him the way he loved everybody else," added Cibelli.

Still, the pain of losing a loved one lingers for those who knew the men.

"I want him to be remembered as an angel and I love him," said Cibelli.

NEWS10 ABC reached out to the Pittsfield Police Department for an update on what might have caused the crash that claimed the lives of these two men. Still, no word on what led to that violent crash.

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