Three 16-year-old boys who were killed in a two-car crash near Dumfries have been identified.
Finlay Johns, Ian Cannon and Tyler Johnston died at the scene following a smash between a Honda Civic and Honda CRV on the A711 shortly after midnight on Wednesday.
A male occupant of the Honda Civic, aged 17, and three men, aged 32, 51 and 54, from the Honda CRV, were taken hospital with injuries.
The 17-year-old occupant of the Honda Civic remains in critical condition, however medical staff describe the condition of the other three men as serious but stable.
Officers are continuing to carry out enquiries and appeal for information following the incident.
Chief inspector Lorraine Napier said: “Our enquiries are continuing into the circumstances that led to this fatal crash and we recognise how the local community is feeling in the aftermath of this awful incident.
“We have deployed specialist family liaison officers to support the families and friends of those who died or were injured. It is understandably an extremely traumatic incident.
“I would continue to ask anyone who has any information that could assist us, to contact police via 101, quoting reference 0059 of Wednesday, March 16, 2022.”
Rev Elsie Macrae, minister of St Andrews Parish Church in Moffat linked with Wampray linked with Kirkpatrick Juxta, said: “This is a heart breaking tragedy and the whole community is shocked and stunned that three young men have lost their lives.
“Words alone cannot express our feelings of deep sadness, confusion and perhaps anger.
“We are all grieving and our hearts go out to their family and friends and we hold them in our prayers along with the four men who were seriously injured and being treated in hospital. “We hope that they all make a speedy and full recovery.
“As we come to terms with this terrible loss, St Andrews Parish Church is open 10am -12pm on Friday and 10am-4pm on Saturday for anyone who would like some quiet time or an opportunity to say prayers for all those affected.”