Brothers killed in car-school bus accident laid to rest

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PHOENIX - Two valley brothers were laid to rest following their horrific car crash this week with a school bus.

Friends and family gathered at the Tempe - Islamic Community Center to say good bye to the two teenagers who tragically lost their lives.

Eelmin Morina, 17, was driving his younger brother Eldin, 16, to North Canyon High School when they slammed into the side of a school bus.

Elmin was killed on on impact. Eldin was pulled from the wreckage and rushed to the hospital, but also did not survive.

For their friends the news of that crash was overwhelming

"I was in shock, and I didn't want to believe it," Jeana Shepard said. “It hit me the hardest when I was going through my phonebook and I went by his number and I just knew I was never going to be able to text him again."

The family moved here around 10 years ago as war refugees after the fighting in Bosnia.

Their friends say the teens were a couple of car enthusiasts and fun loving kids who could always brighten up a room.

"There was never a dull moment, he was always goofy," Shepard said.

"They were just good guys, real good friends,” Kyle Schuster said. “Help you out if you needed it."

“They are probably the most amazing people I have ever met and that I love them to death," Brittney Pettijean said.

A few of their buddies even got tattoos to honor the boys taken too soon.

"It’s in Bosnian, because they’re Bosnian," Zach Wehrsig said. "It says, friends pass by your heart, but real friends leave footprints. Thanks for the foot prints Eldin and Elmin."

Some of the victim's friends will hold a car wash to raise money for the family.

It's going on Sunday morning at eight o'clock at the Jack-in-the-Box at 51st Avenue and Thunderbird.