Published: 18:04, 25 October 2021
| Updated: 12:55, 26 October 2021
Hundreds paid their respects as the coffins of four men who died in a fatal crash earlier this month were carried past.
Distraught families and friends wept as the bodies of Johnny Cash, his son Johnboy, Miles 'Smiler' Cash and Jacko Cosgrove were carried into St Francis Church in Maidstone in grey coffins.
A mass is being held for four men who died in a crash earlier this month
The group died in the early hours of Sunday, October 10, after their Toyota Hilix truck crashed on Lenham Road, near Headcorn. They lived in nearby Martins Gardens.
Johnny, 44, Smiler, 25, Johnboy, 19, and Jacko, 18, died at the scene and 15-year-old Jerry Cash was seriously injured.
The teenager remains in King's College Hospital, London.
This afternoon, screams of “that’s my boy” were also met with cheers as the coffins were lifted from the vehicles and walked into the church, where a 30-minute mass was held and the loved ones of all four men mourned together.
Many people attending congregated outside the church, opposite the Society Rooms Wetherspoon.
Large pictures of the family members were carried behind the coffins, as they were taken into the place of worship.
Inside, the building was packed, with many mourners left to stand.
Four by Brave Giant played as hundreds of people left St Francis' and watched as the coffins were returned to the hearses.
The parked vehicles from attendees – most on the paths near Maidstone East train station – and considerable crowds caused some problems for traffic.
Inside the packed church all benches were full up with many people left standing as Father Liam Gallagher and Deacon Reverend Ian Black read three prayers during the short mass.
Father Gallagher told of his shock when hearing the tragic news from family friends and immediately prayed for the deceased.
As hundreds flooded back out the church doors the coffins and their flowers were carried back outside to the hearses by emotional family members.
Following the tragedy, hundreds of tributes were left at the scene of the crash, a cross has been erected and the names of the victims carved into a damaged tree.
Jacko, the youngest, had been a member of Tenterden Amateur Boxing Club and had recently learned his wife was expecting.
Johnboy had become a dad just six weeks ago.
His wife Grace left a tribute of lilies by the side of the road "In Loving Memory of a Dear Husband".
She wrote: “To my Baby. I love you so much and your baby Bridie loves you, too.”
One family member visiting the scene of the crash said: “They were all lovely men. It is so sad. It is a shame so many lives have been lost in one time.
“It has affected wives, kids, brothers and cousins. So many have been hurt at once. They are never going to get over this.”
Boxer Tyson Fury paid tribute to the four men in a video message.
The 33-year-old WBC champion, fresh from winning the Las Vegas classic, said: "I'd like to send my condolences and rest in peace to the Cash family and the Cosgrove family on their recent loss.
"God bless them, make them a good bed in heaven, right in the name of Jesus Amen."
The men had been on their way to watch The Gypsy King's trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder when the crash happened.