NELSON COUNTY, KY (WAVE) - The fate of three friends was sealed by tragedy just days before Christmas.
"I have three teenage boys of my own and I can't, I can't put it into words," Bardstown High School Assistant Principal Aaron Boggs said on Monday.
To Boggs it was no surprise Jordan Hickman, 24, and Keaton Hall, 24, were still hanging out together years after graduation.
"They were some of the most well liked guys in their class and that continued even after they graduated," Assistant Athletic Director Josh Payne, who is close with Hickman's and Hall's families, said.
But their story took a tragic turn early Sunday morning along Louisville Road. According to Kentucky State Police, Hickman was driving a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu crossed the center line for unknown reasons and struck a 1996 Dodge pickup operated by Brian Waldridge, 20, of Bardstown.
Waldridge survived and was stable at University of Louisville Hospital, but Hickman, Hall and their friend, Tyler Foster, 25, all died in the crash.
"It really hit home. Just total disbelief and shock," Boggs said.
After high school, Hickman went on to play basketball for Indiana Tech. He was a force on the court. He also played football while in school.
"He had a very successful career there and not only that, he also got a degree," Payne said.
Just last Friday, Hickman paid a visit to his high school.
Hall was studying Agricultural Economics at University of Kentucky.
Foster, a Senior Airman who was recently deployed to Africa with the Kentucky Air National Guard to help fight Ebola, was also studying at UK.
"The sky was the limit for these guys and it's just heartbreaking," Boggs said.
Police are still investigating the cause of the crash.
Visitation for all three men will be at Parkway Baptist Church beginning Tuesday 3 p.m.