Blake Shelton issued a somber statement after a tragic car crash near Tishomingo, Oklahoma, took the lives of four teenagers on Tuesday (3/22).

Blake said in a statement to People, “In the wake of yesterday’s unthinkable crash in our small town of Tishomingo, we as a community have all been in shock and broken-hearted. I personally know the devastation of suddenly losing a loved one in a car accident. But our community is strong and has come together to support and wrap our arms around the families and friends that are hurting the most.”

He added, “There’s no question it will take a long time to heal from this tragedy. Keep the prayers coming.”

Shelton’s older brother Richie was killed in a car crash when Blake was just 14-years-old.

The teens, all students at Tishomingo High School, were reportedly on their way to lunch off-campus when the incident occurred at the intersection of U.S. Highway 377 and State Highway 22. Although their identities have not been released, the students were all teenagers 15 and 17.

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