Family members say Hurricane Sandy could delay funeral plans for two Catawba County teens found dead in a South Carolina lake.
On Monday, the autopsy confirmed the teens drowned in the car pulled out of water in Kershaw County Sunday night.
Ray Pierce's sister told Eyewitness News they're trying to plan the funeral but can't set a date because family members are stuck in the Northeast because of Sandy. In the meantime, classmates of Pierce and Jake Ziegler are remembering them for who they were and the legacy they left behind at Bandy's High School
Both students were seniors, and classmates said they were best friends. Friends said Ziegler was into racing while Pierce played lacrosse and ran track. They were described as inseparable and were even voted "Dynamic Duo" for senior superlative.
"They meant a lot to this school. Everybody knew who they were, and they just had a huge impact on the school," said Anthony Toscono.
Ziegler and Pierce left on a drive to Myrtle Beach two weeks ago and never came back. Eyewitness News was there shortly after the students were found in a car Sunday night about 30 feet from the shoreline of Lake Wateree off of Interstate 20.
For some students at school, the news was too hard to handle.
"I didn't really believe it at first. I figured they just went away for a little bit," said Keaton Allen.
"I really didn't want to come to school today. I thought it'd be completely hard at that I'd bawl my eyes out," said Calli Simpson
Chopper 9 Skyzoom flew over the crash scene Monday as investigators reconstructed the accident in Kerchaw County to see how it happened. We also spoke to the family's private investigator through Skype.
"I just sent a text message to the family today saying, 'You know, we met at a very difficult time but we are together forever.' And I mean that, It's one of the hardest cases I've ever worked," said Kevin Ryan.
Students spray-painted both Ziegler's and Pierce's parking spots next to each other in the student lot. Students also painted a spirit rock in front of theirschool, where they plan to at some point hold a vigil. Their deaths make the third from the class of 2013.
"It's just heartbreaking to realize that they're gone, but God doesn't make mistakes, and we just have to learn from this," said Toscono.