Football team honors teens

Raiders memorial

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A youth football league honored six young people who died in a crash last March in Warren with a memorial game and jersey dedication.

The Warren Little Raiders and Little Panthers took time before their game Saturday to remember the six teens killed in a horrific car accident on Pine Avenue March 10.

The Warren Little Raiders retired the number 6 and dedicated it in the memory of Alexis Cayson, Adrique Bennett, Kirklan Behner, Brandon Murray, Ramone White and Daylan Ray. The teenagers were killed when the SUV they were riding in flipped over in a pond on Pine Avenue.

“We don’t like having tragedies like this, so I hope we don’t ever have to do it again,” said Warren Little Raiders president Rick Riley.

Daylan Ray’s family attended the ceremony.

“I’d just like to thank the Warren Little Raiders, Panthers for acknowledging all the kids. That was really nice of them,” said Lamana Ray, Daylan Ray’s mother.

Daylan loved football and played for the Panthers. His mother said the last five months have been very difficult, but she’s doing what she can to keep her son’s memory alive.

“His birthday is next week. He’ll be 16 on the 3rd of September,” said Ray. “We’re having a party, like a big old birthday party for Daylan Monday.”

During the ceremony, the Warren Little Raiders also presented the families with a t-shirt. A special memory board that was made for Saturday’s event will be on display at the concession stand at the football games.

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