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Simultaneous ceremonies to honor 2 Oklahoma teens killed in crash

TAHLEQUAH — The mothers of two teenagers killed last month in Cherokee County plan simultaneous memorials Monday in Tahlequah and Michigan.

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: July 15, 2013
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TAHLEQUAH — The mothers of two teenagers killed last month in Cherokee County plan simultaneous memorials Monday in Tahlequah and Michigan.

At 7 p.m., Darlene Blevins plans to release balloons at her home in Tahlequah in honor of her son, 19-year-old Paul Anthony Blevins Jr. At the same time, the mother of 14-year-old Michael Rogers will send up paper lanterns in Chesterfield, Mich.

The teens died June 15 in a single-vehicle crash. Authorities say both were riding in the back of a pickup truck when it ran a stop sign and crashed into a tree. Both teens were thrown from the pickup bed.

A local newspaper reports that Darlene Blevins and others are now encouraging the Oklahoma Legislature to make it illegal to ride in a truck bed.

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