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Funeral service underway for Franschhoek bus crash victims

Denzil Boonzaaier, Russel Riffel and Adam Leibrandt died in the bus crash last weekend.

Cries filled the air as the coffins of the three victims of the Franschhoek bus crash were carried into the church on 14 March 2015. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN

FRANSCHHOEK - Today is the funeral of the three people who died in the fatal bus crash in Franschhoek last Saturday.

A combined service at the VGK church in Franschhoek is currently underway for Denzil Boonzaaier, Russel Riffel and Adam Leibrandt.

#FranschhoekCrash Boonzaaier and Riffel were rugby players at the local club. Leibrandt was a loyal supporter. MM pic.twitter.com/3mD6bZgGRI

They were killed on the way to a rugby game last weekend when their bus went off a cliff on the Franschhoek Pass.

The church is packed both inside and outside as mourners come to remember the late Boonzaaier, Riffel and Leibrandt.

Anguished cries fill the hall as a choir sings memorial hymns.

#FranschhoekCrash The procession outside the church. MM pic.twitter.com/rWk16xcZNN

A survivor of the crash, Julian Cijster, says this is a painful day for her as the deceased were like family.

Family, friends, media and members of South African rugby union and Western Province Rugby are in attendance.

#FranschhoekCrash Riffel's great grandmother, Sarah Riffel, sings a hymn. pic.twitter.com/LGeOe7LEHW