The New York Post reports Albert Ales and Zachary Morris, both aged 18, were traveling on a motorbike to Cusco when they fatally crashed into a public transportation bus.
The two friends were on their way to celebrate their graduation from Southeast High School. They were transported to a local hospital but later died that same day.
The pair graduated last week from the school’s International Baccalaureate program and were looking forward to attending college in the fall.
Morris was planning to attend Yale University and Ales was enrolled at the University of Central Florida.
The high school released a statement on Twitter in reference to the tragic incident:
“Our Southeast Community is heartbroken after hearing the unimaginable news that recent IB graduates Albert Ales and Zachary Morris passed away yesterday in a tragic accident while exploring Peru”.