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Funerals Held for Shreveport Drowning Victims

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Six Shreveport teenagers who drowned Monday in the Red River have been laid to rest in two separate funeral services, as family members, friends and complete strangers mourned the loss that stunned the city.

Hundreds turned out for Saturday for two funerals, three siblings in each. Latevin, Ladarius, and Litrelle stewart in one...Takeitha, Jamarcus, and Jatavious Warner in the other. All died while trying to save another teen - a cousin of the Warner siblings. None knew how to swim.

At both funerals, city officials spoke of the heroism the teenagers showed in their final moments - and presented the families of the teens the highest honor that can be bestowed on civilians.

"Where there was uncertainty, the loved that they share with one another triumphed over all to save just one. For their unselfish bravery, today as the fire chief of the city of Shreveport, it is my great honor to present Litrelle, Latevin and LaDairus Stewart the fire department's highest civilian honor for valor: the Civilian Cross."

 "I know that she would rather have had her boys, meaning that their life is not just wasted away. As each of them said before, these young men was not killed because of some criminal activies that they were doing, but they were all trying to save each other."

It's only the second time in 25 years the Civilian Cross has been bestwowed by the city.

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