1st of 6 Ohio teens laid to rest after crash

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Associated Press

Posted on March 15, 2013 at 5:36 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 15 at 6:04 PM

WARREN, Ohio (AP) — Hundreds of mourners in a northeast Ohio community flocked to the first of six funerals for the teenagers killed when a speeding sport utility vehicle crashed last weekend.

A wake and funeral services were held Friday for 15-year-old Kirklan Behner. Family and friends say the ninth-grader loved to make others laugh and was known to shovel snow or carry groceries to help neighbors.

Warren Mayor Doug Franklin says Behner "had a joyful spirit that was contagious."

He and five more teens drowned Sunday when an SUV struck a guardrail and flipped into a swampy pond in Warren, about 50 miles southeast of Cleveland.

Authorities say the 19-year-old driver didn't have a valid license. Her funeral is Saturday.

Four other funerals are planned between Sunday and Tuesday.

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