4 cadets at Canada’s Royal Military College die in accident

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KINGSTON, Ontario – Four cadets at Canada’s Royal Military College died Friday in a motor vehicle accident.

“Their families have now been notified,” Commander Josee Kurtz told a news conference. “As you can understand, the entire RMC community is devastated by this tragic loss.”

The officer cadets have been identified as Jack Hogarth, Andrei Honciu, Broden Murphy and Andrés Salek.

Kurtz released few details about the accident. A statement from the Department of National Defense said the crash took place around noon

“An investigation into this incident conducted by the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service is underway,” Kurtz said.

The campus is located on the Point Frederick Peninsula, where Lake Ontario meets St. Lawrence River.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau offered his condolences to the families and friends of the four cadets.

“My heart is broken for the families and friends of the four cadet officers who lost their lives early this morning in Kingston,” Trudeau said in a statement on Twitter.

The four students were completing their Bachelor of Arts degrees. Hogarth and Salek studied military and strategic studies and were to become armored officers in the army.

Honciu studied business administration and was to become a logistics employee. Murphy specialized in business administration with intentions of becoming a space environment controller in the Royal Canadian Air Force.

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