Vigil planned for New Brunswick boys believed to have been killed by snake

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CAMPBELLTON, N.B. - The deputy mayor of the New Brunswick city of Campbellton where two boys were believed to have been killed by a python says a vigil will be held later today.

Police say Noah and Connor Barthe were found dead Monday morning after an African rock python escaped its enclosure in an apartment, slithered through a ventilation system above and fell through a ceiling into the living room where they slept.

The RCMP said Monday they believe the snake strangled the boys, but on Tuesday investigators said they're waiting for the results of an autopsy on the children as well as a necropsy on the snake before commenting further on the cause of death.

The deaths of the four- and six-year-olds have shocked the community, where friends and relatives remember the boys as fun-loving, sociable kids.

Across the street from the apartment where the boys died, teddy bears have been placed at the base of a utility pole.

Deputy mayor Ian Comeau says the vigil will be held at 8 p.m. at the Salmon Plaza on Salmon Boulevard.

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: New Brunswick, CAMPBELLTON, Salmon Boulevard

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  • Marty
    August 07, 2013 - 08:06

    I heard in several reports of this tragedy that these young brothers were attending a sleepover with a friend. Luckily he little friend wasn't injured. I wonder if their friend was sleeping in the same room...