AUSTELL, Ga. -- Families are planning the funerals for three young men who killed when the car they were riding in lost control and veered off the road.

It happened at around 12:30 a.m. Sunday on Clay Road just west of Flint Hill Roadnear Austell.

Police have yet to say how fast the car was going or whether any of them were wearing seat belts, but skid marks reveal the car went into oncoming traffic before slamming into a tree on the other side of the road.

Friends gathered just hours later to remember the driver, 20-year old Michael Haynes, and the two brothers riding with him, 24-year old Jacolby Lowe and 21-year old Jerod Lowe. Police say the brothers lived in Marietta.

"We came out here to show love and we miss you, we're going to love you though. Ride in peace," said Shawn Williams, a member of Haynes' car club.

Jerry Emile says he was with the three men shortly before the crash. They had all planned to meet back up at his house to hang out.

"It just kind of breaks your heart, makes you, honestly it makes you double think about driving," said Michelle Stanford who attended South Cobb High School with Haynes.

Friends say they men who died had dreams.

"Jacolby was a real good person he was working in the studios trying to get contract deals," Emile said.

For Haynes, his passion was cars. He was a member of the Crown Vic Boys of Atlanta, a group of car enthusiasts.

But friends say his new love was his son -- a little boy they all now promised to help protect.

"We love him like a brother. All of us is all family, we've all got to come together," Williams said.

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