- Associated Press - Monday, June 20, 2016

MAHWAH, N.J. (AP) - State police say two former star high school athletes were killed in a crash on an interstate highway in northern New Jersey.

The bodies of Samuel Cali and Leonidas Vagias were found around 9:15 a.m. Monday by a state transportation department worker in the woods near I-287 southbound in Mahwah. Authorities believe the crash occurred overnight and that the 19-year-old Towaco residents were ejected from their vehicle.

Vagias and Cali graduated from Don Bosco Prep last year. Vagias was a kicker/punter with the University of Rhode Island football team - although he didn’t play in any games this past season - while Cali was a wrestler at Rutgers University.

Both schools issued statements mourning their deaths and citing them as hard workers.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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