Morning Star Baptist Church Pastor: "They died with honor"

Shreveport, LA (KSLA)- The Ark-La-Tex stopped on Saturday to mourn the drowning victims of the Red River Tragedy.

Two separate funeral services took place for two families that have in total lost six loved ones, three from each family and tragically, all six of them died while trying to save each other.

The two Shreveport families, the Steward/Blalock family and the Warner family mourned their losses, but the family members also celebrated the heroic acts that were displayed by those young teens as they tried to save each other.

The Steward/Blalock mourned 18-year-old Litrelle Stewart, 15-year-old Latevin Stewart and 17 year old Ladarious Stewart. Their funeral services were held at 2 PM at Morning Star Baptist Church.

The Warner Family mourned 13-year-old Takietha Warner, 14-year-old Jamarcus Warner and 17-year- old Jatavious Warner. Their funeral services were held at 3 PM at Praise Temple Full Gospel Cathedral.

At both funerals, City officials spoke about the heroism these teenagers showed in their final moments. In the presence ofShreveport City Mayor Cedric Glover and many loved ones,  Fire Chief Brian Crawford had an uplifting surprise for both families that honored the Red River Tragedy victims.

With great honor, he presented the Steward and Warner children the highest civilian honor for valor, the Civilian Cross for their unselfish bravery.

"Where there was uncertainty, their love held them together to save one, for their honor it is my honor as fire chief of Shreveport to present them with the highest civilian award, the civilian cross," said Crawford.

"I think just to know their sons didn't die in vain and they died with honor. They didn't die involved in some illegal activity; they died trying to save each other," said Morning Star Baptist Church Pastor Murphy Hunt.

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