Flathead Reservation mourns loss of two boys
Friday, March 5, 2004

Two 11-year-old boys from the Flathead Reservation in Montana were buried on Thursday.

A reported 350 people attended the funeral for Frankie Nicolai III and Justin Benoist. The boys were found dead of alcohol consumption and exposure earlier this week.

Investigators are trying to discover how the boys got their hands on liquor. The local sheriff said an adult may have given it to them.

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes said it would review its policies. The boys were reported missing to the tribe as early as last Thursday. The local school has sent a crisis team to help students deal with the loss.

Get the Story:
Ronan mourns loss of two boys (The Missoulian 3/5)
Source of 2 boys' fatal liquor sought (AP 3/5)

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Two boys found dead on Flathead Reservation (3/2)

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