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Funeral for teens killed in alleged DWI

July 27, 2012 2:28:01 PM PDT
As 17-year-old Ryan Foote walked into court on Friday, you could see his left eye is stolen swollen from the accident.

This is the same accident that took the lives of his two friends - 18 year old James Mclease and Mclease's nephew, 17-year-old Rashawn Minter.

Prosecutors say Foote was drunk early Saturday morning when he crashed into a fence in Mastic and then hit some trees. Mclease and Minter died instantly. Foote didn't say anything to Eyewitness News as he left court. His attorney spoke on his and his family's behalf.

"Their hearts and prayers of the family go out to all the families involved it's a tragedy for everybody," said Defense Attorney Michael Malone.

Friends of the two victims came to a memorial just after leaving the funeral in Riverhead. Mclease and Minter had a joint funeral, and their caskets sat side by side.

"There was one big picture on each casket, and then a poster in front of both of them signed pictures and what not," said friend Nick Borrelli.

Friends remembered the two as inseperable. Mclease was quiet but friendly, and Minter, who was going into his senior year in high school, was full of life.

"Think about somebody who's always walking around with a big smile on his face," said friend Jay Bell.

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