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Tragedy in Warren: All 6 victims confirmed to have died from drowning

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WARREN, Ohio - All six victims of a crash in Warren Sunday died from drowning, according to the Trumbull County coroner.

 The Ohio State Highway Patrol also released new information about that deadly crash that killed six teenagers in Warren on Sunday.

After consulting with the Trumbull County Engineer, the Ohio State Highway Patrol says it has been determined that the vehicle was traveling on Niles-Warren River Road, County Road 69, not Pine Street SE. The 1998 Honda Passport lost control, first hitting a guardrail and then traveling across the road before flipping into a pond on Pine Street SE.

21 News has also confirmed that the owner of the vehicle, Marquis Stephenson from Youngstown, has now filed a theft report of the vehicle with Warren police, saying it was taken from his sister's address on North Feederle Road in Warren. He stayed the night at his sister's Warren address, and woke up to find the keys were missing.

The vehicle owner would later learn that the person behind the wheel when the deadly crash happened was his sister's roommate, 19-year-old Alexis Cayson.

One of two survivors', 18-year-old Brian Henry, tells 21 News he repeatedly begged the young woman to slow down. "She was speeding. I looked at her. I was telling her to slow down the whole time we was in the car," Henry said.

Instead, six young lives were tragically cut short when the speeding car flipped over, landing in nearly five-feet of water on its roof.

All victims have been confirmed to have died from drowning, according to the Trumbull County Coroner.

At least two of the young victims and one survivor are from the same Warren neighborhood, including 15-year-old, Kirklan Behner, his mother and sister couldn't fight back the tears as they were overcome with unbearable grief.

Amanda Behner, the victim's sister says, "She took my brother. I called them all my brothers because they was so close."

The 15-year-old's mother, Deanna Behner, said, "You don't know the whole pain until it happens to you."

But there to comfort Behner's mother and sister was survivor Brian Henry. He had to use his elbow to break the back window out of the car, get out and run for help.

Henry says he was one of eight people piled in the vehicle, and some were sitting on each other's laps. The Ohio State Highway Patrol now says none of the eight occupants were wearing seat belts.

But the 18-year-old says they were all still alive when he and another survivor ran to get help.

"They was panicking. I was about to panic, but I couldn't I had to get help," Henry said.

The teenager is not sure where the group was coming from. They had picked him up minutes before the crash at a friend's house to take him home. He says the 19-year-old driver lost control.

"We were almost home. I looked over and she was speeding, and I told her to stop. She jerked the car, and we hit the guardrail."

Lisa Williamson, the mother of 14-year-old victim Brandon Murray, says her last words to her son on Saturday, "I love you."

Murray had gone to spend the night at victim Ramone White's house, but she had warned him, he wasn't allowed to go anywhere else.

Williamson says, "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."

For Lamana and Derrick Ray, the parents of 15-year-old victim Daylan Ray, the reality of what's happened still seems like a nightmare.

Derrick Ray said, "I always thought he would make national news playing sports because he was so gifted and talented playing sports. But never nothing like this."

Instead, the tragic headline is six young lives ended in the worst crash in Trumbull County history, and the deadliest accident in the state of Ohio in the past three years.

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