Community gathers to celebrate the lives of Jacob and Will Johnson

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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - The lives of Jacob and Will Johnson, the two young men who lost their lives in the fatal traffic crash in St. Ignace last month, were remembered Friday afternoon at Lakeview Ice Arena.

"This thing has really snowballed into a great healing and support,” said Greg Pond, a friend of the family.

The Johnson family says they're extremely thankful for the support they've received from the community as they heal from this tragic situation.

"This community support today is really great, because the support from my son is more than I could ever ask for,” said Marcia Johnson, the mother of Kyle and Jacob Johnson.

After Friday’s ceremony, Marcia Johnson wants people to walk away remembering the good times they all once shared with her son, Jacob and Will.

"I hope everybody will leave today remembering how wonderful my son was and Will,” said Johnson. “Jacob loved everybody, he loved hockey more than life, and he would be very proud of all of this today."

Following this, family and friends fellow-shipped in Lakeview Ice Arena's Forum before the Marquette Mutineer's hockey game on Friday, where Kyle Johnson, the only survivor of the crash, dropped the first puck.

"I can almost assure there's going to be a lot of tears,” said Pond. “Kyle has a huge hurdle to climb and get over, you know there's something about unfortunately when you have a tragedy and it brings a lot of people together."

The family then will wrap everything up at their benefit fundraiser tomorrow from 3 PM to 6 PM at the Negaunee Ice Arena.

They hope to have support from the community there as well.