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Funeral fund for teens drew $53K-plus, $5K to remain in fund

Published: Sat, March 30, 2013 @ 2:36 a.m.


The total of donations received as of Friday for funeral expenses associated with the deaths of six teenagers in a March 10 traffic accident is $53,430.

Pastor Rick Oaks of First United Methodist Church, one of five pastors in charge of overseeing the money, said the expenses paid out so far are $47,773 and will rise a little.

But a balance of about $5,600 is going to remain in the Huntington Bank account established for the donations.

The traffic accident on Niles Warren River Road about a mile south of downtown was the third large loss of life in the city in less than two years that resulted in the need for donations for burial expenses.

It makes sense to keep the remaining money in the account in case additional money is needed in the future, Oaks said.


1INTEL(63 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

This shows how a community will pull together when something like this happens... My comment is.. if people will donate money to put someone in the ground.... then WHY cannot people come together and get a vacant building where kids can come together and become friends no matter what walk of life they are from...There are enough empty building in Youngstown, Warren for something like this to happen.. where kids can learn to prepare for a job, talk about problems, etc.... this to me would be a benifit...instead of having funerals for our kids... I know there are a lot more people who feel like I am saying and would offer and donate their time to a cause like this... I am a white male and I approve of this message... have a good day... and I would like to see some feedback on this subject...

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