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Donations from across U.S. total $42,600 for teens’ funerals

Published: Thu, March 28, 2013 @ 12:07 a.m.

Staff report


Money from as far away as Los Angeles and Atlanta helped push the total of donated funds for the six teenagers killed March 10 in a car accident to $42,600.

Bob Dean, who set up the account at Huntington Bank to accept the money, said the money was distributed to pay for funeral expenses last week.

The teens drowned in a sport utility vehicle that overturned in a pond on Niles Warren River Road about a mile south of downtown. They apparently were on their way home at the time of the 6:56 a.m. crash.

The money was used to pay for a variety of funeral expenses such as vaults and markers, though the gravesites at Pineview Memorial Park on Youngstown Road were provided by an anonymous donor, Dean said.

Other donated items included caskets, funeral programs and food provided by local restaurants to the families of the victims.

One of the single largest donations came from Believer’s Church, which provided $5,600, but most of the donations were in smaller amounts, Dean said.

The six pastors who oversaw the distribution of the funds decided to give $500 to each church that had a funeral service.

All of the families who lost a family member needed financial help, Dean said.

In the case of Alexis Cayson, 19, the driver of the car, both of her parents are in prison, Dean said, so there was little money available for her burial.


1busyman(239 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

This is great for the families not to have to bear the cost to bury their children. What happen to taking care of you own. I am a baby boomer, but I can remember when my parents would sit down with the insurance man every few months and give him $2.00 or $6.00 a year to have a policy on me at the age of 5 or 6 to pay expenses if something should happen. There is no sense of responsibility for the so called parents to plan for these things. They all have I-phones and cable T.V. but to buy a life insurance policy for $2.00 a month is not in their agenda.

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2dawn421(265 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

do you know how many months it took my mother to pay off my father's headstone? this is bull. if they cant afford one then go without like the hard working people do. and the churches got $500? for what? this is all just too much. make them pay it back, they didnt give a crap where their kids were to begin with.

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3Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

""In the case of Alexis Cayson, 19, the driver of the car, both of her parents are in prison, Dean said, so there was little money available for her burial."""

Why bring someone into this world if you can't accept responsibility for them. And it's only going to get worse with these kids having kids. What a future society were going to have.

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4redvert(2240 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

I know these comments may sound insensitive to some of you readers but this is reality. Too many people nowadays never give insurance a second though but as stated, they have their Iphones. Example, the 19 year old's parents are both in prison and If I am not mistaken, she has a child. What does the future hold for that child?

"when nothing changes, nothing changes"

ps: My parents insurance agent back in the 50's was named John Karody. I bet someone here remembers him.

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5republicanRick(1736 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Let the government take care of me!! This is known as the nanny state and will, like civilizations in the past, lead to the gradual undoing of the USA.

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6captainpeewee(76 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

if these kids were white they would not get one red cent.

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7dawn421(265 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

shame to say it but i agree with you peewee

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8YSU_Alumna(60 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

I too, don't normally see things in color but I think it's really sad that the families may profit from what was irresponsibility of ALL in that vehicle & the parents' lack of supervision of them. I'm sorry their children are gone but what responsible parent doesn't know for sure where their adolescent child is in the pre-dawn hours? If people want to donate money, how about a scholarship fund for DESERVING young people whose parents work but don't qualify for grants & can't afford a college fund because they would rather work than go on welfare????

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