Memorial held for brothers killed in avalanche

Posted at 9:03 PM, Jan 21, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-22 13:20:43-05

HEBER, Utah -- Counselors are available to students in Heber Tuesday after two boys died over the weekend after becoming stuck under the snow in Wasatch County.

Monday night, a memorial was for 14-year-old Coleman Sweat and 7-year-old Trevan Sweat.

The boys were snowmobiling with their family in Wasatch County on Friday afternoon when they fell over a crevice and became buried under two feet of snow.

The family found the boys after about 30 minutes and called rescue crews, but efforts to revive them were unsuccessful and both died.

A large gathering of nearly 200 family, friends and community members was held to remember Coleman and Trevan on Monday night at Rocky Mountain Middle School.

"It means a lot to see the support of the community, friends and family that rallied around my two boys in a bad situation like this," said Jason Sweat, the boys' father. "We're always told that people are on the other side and they need good young men to carry out things and my boys certainly fit that description."

Justin Kelly, principal at Rocky Mountain Middle School, says Monday night's memorial is the first time kids were able to see each other since the boys died.

"There's been a lot of support for the family. We haven't had school yet and Friday we were out of school. Tonight is the first night the kids have been able to see each other and we'll have counselors here tomorrow available to talk to students about the grieving process."

Memorial funds have been set up at Wells Fargo Bank and Utah Community Credit Union to help the Sweat family with expenses under the name Coleman and Trevan Sweat Memorial Fund.

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