Fri., 9:07am: First of funerals to begin for teens from crash

WARREN — The first of six funerals is planned Friday as the community mourns the teenagers killed when a speeding sport utility vehicle crashed last weekend.

A wake and funeral services were planned Friday morning at North-Mar Church in Warren 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 his neighbors.

He and five other teens drowned Sunday when an SUV struck a guardrail and flipped into a swampy pond on Niles-Warren River Road, an extension of Pine Avenue S.E., just beyond city limits.

The other funerals are planned for Saturday through Tuesday.