One week on, a Deeside community is still coming to terms with a horrific road crash which claimed the lives of two local men.
Paul Grice, 24, and Grahame Ellis, 32, both from Aboyne, died when their car hit a tree on the A93 near Aboyne Loch Caravan Park last Thursday night.
Mr Grice was driving the red Volkswagen Golf and Mr Ellis was the front seat passenger.
Police, fire and ambulance teams attended but both men were pronounced dead at the scene.
The accident happened about 9.50 near the entrance to the caravan park. The road was closed until around 6am to allow investigations to take place.
The tragedy has stunned the local community. Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside Councillor Peter Argyle said: “Like everyone else, I was shocked to hear of this tragic accident and the death of the two young men, Paul Grice and Grahame Ellis.
I know that all their family and friends will be devastated by their lossCllr Peter Argyle Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside
“I know that all their family and friends will be devastated by their loss and I wish them the strength they will need in the weeks and months to come. My thoughts are with them.”
Ward colleague Councillor Geva Blackett said: “Far too many people die on our roads and this accident has to be one of the most heart-wrenching - the lives of two local and popular young men cut short leaving families and friends bereft and those poor little boys robbed of their father. My heart goes out to them.”
Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward. Road Policing Inspector Jon Barron said: “Both families have been left devastated by the sudden and tragic loss of their loved ones. We have already spoken to a number of witnesses, however I would urge anyone who may have seen the vehicle involved or who may have information that would assist our enquiries into the horrific circumstances to come forward.”