Friends and family gather to remember teen

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A day before what was supposed to be his 15th birthday, friends and family celebrated the life of one teen who died in the tragic Trumbull County crash in March.

Andreique “Butters” Bennett was one of six people who died in the horrific crash in Warren. He was only 14 years old.

Family and friends came to celebrate what would have been his 15th birthday on Monday by having music, a clown and a bounce house.

Bennent’s mother said he was a beautiful son.

“He was a beautiful young man, he had a beautiful heart loved all his friends and family, just a wonderful kid. I love and miss him very much and I wish he was here,”  said his mother, Wanda Murray-Bennett.

“I just miss them and they were gone too soon from us,” added Lamana Ray, another parent of a teen who was injured in the accident.

“It’s rough but you know you have to stick together, that is what brings you closer together. And the closer you are it helps you through it,” added Eric Dotson, another parent.

Sunday’s event also included prayer, and maybe most importantly for these families, the chance to remember the ones they lost that morning in March.

“A lot of people here today showing their love not only for Butters, but for the whole entire family and they know he is in a better place and that is how we have to look at it because it is a better place,” said Alesia Scott, another parent at the event.

Although it’s a day the families would like to forget, they believe it’s an opportunity to send a message, so others don’t have to go through the same tragedy.

“Make sure you tell your parents where you are going and if you are leaving that place make sure you tell them where you are going,” said Ray.

Bennett’s mother spoke of how much she loved and missed her son.

“I love and I miss him very much and I wish he was here,” Murray-Bennett said.

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