4 Students at Maine Maritime Academy Killed in Fiery SUV Crash, School in 'Great State of Pain'

"Our community is grieving for these young lives and for their families," college president Jerry S. Paul said in a statement hours after the early morning crash

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Four students from Maine Maritime Academy were killed and three others were injured following a fiery SUV crash early Saturday morning.

The group of seven is believed to have been traveling south on Shore Road in Castine when the 2013 Range Rover "left the road and struck a tree before erupting in flames," according to Maine Department of Public Safety Public Information Officer Shannon Moss.

Four of the seven victims were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash shortly after 2 a.m., Moss said in a statement, obtained by PEOPLE.

The victims have been identified as two young men from Maine — Brian Kenealy, 20, of York, and Chase Fossett, 21, of Gardiner — and two from Massachusetts — Luke Simpson, 22, Rockport, and Riley Ignacio-Cameron, 20, of Aquinnah.

The driver — Joshua Goncalves-Radding, 20, of North Babylon, N.Y. — and the other occupants were transported to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

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Jerry S. Paul, President Maine Maritime Academy, confirmed the students' deaths and injuries in a statement shared Saturday evening.

"Our community is grieving for these young lives and for their families," he said of the college's community. "Please hold these young people close to your hearts and in your prayers."

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A vigil was held Sunday evening for those impacted by the tragedy "to grieve the loss" and "begin the healing process," according to a post on the school's Facebook page.

At the event, Paul said the school's community is "in a great state of pain," The Bangor Daily News reported.

"We are working our way through it," Paul told the crowd, per the outlet. "We've begun our way through, but we have a long, long way to go."

Paul also remembered each student individually, per the Daily News, which reported that Fossett was an international business and logistics major; Kenealy was a marine transportation operations major; and both Simpson and Ignacio-Cameron were vessel operations and technology majors.

Ignacio-Cameron was a member of the Wampanoag tribe, and Kenealy was a member of the men's soccer team, he added.

Counseling services have been made available on the Main Maritime campus in wake of the tragic accident, the school said in Saturday's statement.

An investigation into the crash is underway. Moss tells PEOPLE that the investigation "could take weeks if not months to complete."

Maine State Police have custody of the vehicle involved in the crash, Moss adds. The SUV will be examined as part of the investigation.

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