WARREN, Ohio-- There are heavy hearts in Northeast Ohio after an unthinkable tragedy in Trumbull County: Six of eight teenagers killed when the car they were in plunged into a pond.
Hundreds of people packed a community outreach center in Warren Monday night to console each other after a deadly accident Sunday morning.
"My hearts and prayers are with you and we're gonna get through this together, and we're gonna get through this together as community, am I right?" Warren Mayor Doug Franklin told the crowd.
A Honda Passport with eight teenagers inside veered off Niles-Warren Road, hit a guardrail and plunged upside down into a pond. Six of the teens were killed.
They include the driver, Alexis Cayson,19, the mother of a four-year-old. The passengers who died are Kirklan Behner, 15, Daylan Ray, 15, Ramone White, 15, Andrique Bennett, 14, and Brandon Murray, 14.
Two other teens escaped. State troopers say on Monday, the owner of the vehicle reported it stolen.
"He told me he loved me; I told him I loved him," Brandon Murray's mother Lisa Williamson told FOX 8.
She says all affected families need the community's prayers.
"They were sneaking to a party like we have done so many times and from what I understand, they were trying to get back home before any of the parents woke up," Williamson said.
State troopers say the car was speeding on the 35 mile per hour road before it went into the pond.
"It was approximately 4 and a half to 5 feet deep, which with the vehicle upside down would have been enough to completely submerge the interior of the vehicle," said Lt. Brian Holt with the Oho State Highway Patrol.
The victims' relatives say the tragedy is more than they can handle.
"He was a good kid. I just wish he was still here, that's all," said Derrick Ray, father of Daylan Ray.
"When stuff like that happens, all those young kids taken away like that at one time, it's like taking half of Warren away," said Ted Murray, cousin of Andrique Bennett.
"We need to find some programs or something to get them in so we can occupy their minds," said Eric Dotson, grandfather of Bennett.
After the prayer vigil, friends, relatives and residents watched as balloons were released into the sky to remember the victims.
The Warren City School district offered grief counselors at Warren G. Harding High School and the Willard K-8 school, which is where the students attended.
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