Car Reported Stolen as Families Mourn Teens

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WARREN, Ohio-- The car involved in a deadly crash that claimed the lives of six teenagers, was reported stolen.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says the owner of the vehicle, Marquis Stephenson, filed a theft report with Warren City police on March 11.

Officials say the driver, Alexis Cayson, 19, may have known Stephenson.

He told police the vehicle was taken from North Feederle Rd. in Warren.

It has also been determined that no one in the car had on a seat belt.

After consulting with the Trumbull County engineer, it has been determined that the car was traveling on Niles-Warren River Road, County Rd. 69, not Pine Street.

Meanwhile, the community of Warren is continuing to mourn the teens' deaths.

It is hard for Lisa Williamson to believe her 14-year-old son, Brandon Murray, is gone.

She vividly remembers the last time they spoke; he called to ask if he could stay the night at a friend's home.

"I am missing him so much; he is my best friend; he will be missed," said Lisa Williamson, Brandon Murray's mother.

Lisa said she told her son not to leave the house, but later learned that Brandon and his friends sneaked out of the home to go to a party.

At 6:56 a.m. Sunday the vehicle carrying Murray and seven others veered off the left side of the road and landed in a pond.

"She just loved to have fun, very funny. She always tried to have a joke, just so sad to see her go," said Tim Cayson, Alexis Cayson's uncle.

Alexis Cayson, Andrique Bennett, Kirklan Behner, Daylan Ray, Brandon Murray and Ramone White died.

Two others, Asher Lewis and Brian Henry survived.

Two of the victims escaped by punching out windows in the back of the vehicle, climbing up here and running to get help.

Funerals are expected to be held later this week.

Warren Councilman Bob Dean set up a fund to help the families with burial expenses  at Huntington Bank.

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