Warren: Families mourn six victims of fatal crash

12:31 AM, Mar 12, 2013   |    comments
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WARREN, Ohio -- At a community vigil, prayer and faith ran strong, Monday night.

Over 100 gathered to console each other in the aftermath of the fatal crash that killed six teens last weekend and injured two others.

Ohio State Highway Patrol investigators are still piecing together what happened leading up to the crash.

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They found no signs of mechanical defect in the SUV. Troopers say the surviving boys, Brian Henry, 18, and Asher Lewis, 15, are cooperating with investigators.

Relatives say the six teenage boys were leaving a sleepover Sunday morning when a 19-year-old female offered to drive them home. 

That 19-year-old, Alexic Cayson, lost control of the 1998 Honda Passport, struck a guardrail and flipped the car into a pond.

Two teens escaped the submerged vehicle and ran for help, but the others did not survive.

Investigators say there were no drugs or alcohol in the vehicle.

Killed were Daylan Ray, Ramone White and Kirklan Behner, all 15 years old; also Andrique Bennett and Brandon Murray, 14 years old; and the 19 year old driver, Alexis Cayson.

Through stories and memories, pictures of the victims are being painted.

Of Ramone White: "He was just a 15 year old man. He was everybody's baby," said White's aunt, Charlene Blackwell.

Of Alexis Cayson: "She was always caring for people, and helping people out," said Precious Stephenson, a friend of Alexis.

Of Kirklan Behner: "He can't come to the door now. I won't hear, 'Mom, what's for dinner.' Not going to hear any of it anymore," said Behner's mother, in tears.

Troopers expect the crash reconstruction to be complete by the end of the week, hopefully shedding light on the cause.


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