ST. JOSEPH, Mo.
Six months ago, on April 14, four teenage boys ranging from ages 15-17 died in a fatal car accident on the corner of Riverside and Cook Roads.
On Saturday, the victim's family and friends held a memorial service and balloon release to honor the lives of boys.
Leameana Davis, mother to victim Dasean Davis, said a group of close fiends and relatives go out to the site of the crash every month on the 14th to remember those lost.
"We want to keep their legacy alive. They were good kids and they were loved by a lot of people in the community, and we just want them to be remembered by everyone," Davis said.
Davis described her son as an out-going and loving person.
"He was a down-to-earth person. He would mentor you, he would try to set you on the right path," Davis said. "I mean, I came home one time and he was showing kids his report card with straight A's telling them you need to stay in school."
Director of MidCity Excellence Kimberly Warren said she knew two of the boys involved, Karlo Ginn Jr. and Skylar Lucas-Cox. Warren said the boys were a part of a program at MidCity Excellence and also members of Word of Life Church.
Although she isn't family, Warren said grieving with others who are also hurting can help with the healing process.
"Even though these were not our relatives we hurt too, and there's going to be a purpose for the pain that we're going through," Warren said. "I can't just let them feel like they're in this by themselves."
Authorities said the boys were in a white stolen truck at the time of the crash. Davis said she has hear several rumors because of that detail, but it won't change how she feels about each of the young men.
"These were not "thugs" that did something wrong, these were good kids that were loved by a lot of people," Davis said.
Warren said she hopes others will learn from the boys' mistake.
"Maybe we can look around in our community and think what other young men can I help? What other young men can I inspire? How can I take the positive things that they did-some of them had graduated and received diplomas-how can I take those positive things and do something for another young man," Warren said.
The driver of the truck, Skylar Lucas-Cox, recently pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and assault .