BLACKFOOT — Pacen Hayes laid down on Cole Baler’s bed numb to everything around him.

The Blackfoot High School senior was surrounded by his baseball teammates, but he never felt more alone. His mind was blank, except for lingering questions about why and how he lost his best friend on Sunday. Hours earlier, Baler was killed in a wreck that occurred around 2 a.m. on Blacktail Road east of Bone Road near Idaho Falls. Baler was a passenger in an SUV being driven by a juvenile female.

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