A rapper everybody called "Butter." An aspiring chef and pro wrestling fan. A fun-loving youth who volunteered to help neighbors and his community. A budding football star looking forward to next fall's high school season.
All young dreams and lives that ended suddenly Sunday morning in a northeast Ohio town.
They were among five teen boys and a 19-year-old woman killed in a single-vehicle crash into a swampy pond that two other teens escaped. Police have been investigating the cause of the crash of an allegedly stolen Honda Passport that was reportedly going too fast.
Meanwhile, families and friends in Warren, Ohio, are mourning and remembering six lives cut short:
KIRKLAN M. BEHNER, 15
"He was well-known around the city," his tearful mother, Deanna Behner, told WKBN-TV of Youngstown. "He may not have been the perfect kid. But he had a lot of friends."
`He always put a smile on people's faces," friend Marquis Gray, 15, told the Warren Tribune Chronicle.
Mayor Doug Franklin said at a Monday vigil for the teens that he hadn't realized at first that he knew Kirklan from a community cleanup effort; he was the boy who was sweeping the streets alongside him.
Willard K-8 School sixth-grader Treona Crenshaw said Behner would also pitch in to shovel snow or carry groceries for anyone needing help.
"He was one of a kind. Everyone knew him in the neighborhood," said Rickie Bowling, a friend of Kirklan. "In school, he always made everyone laugh."
His grieving mother said: "I just want him to come home."
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