|Updated: 7/16/2013 9:09 am
||Published: 7/15/2013 9:59 pm
The mothers of two teenagers killed last month in Cherokee County held memorials Monday night in both Tahlequah and Chesterfield, MI.
Paul Anthony Blevins Jr., 19, and 14-year-old Michael Rogers were both killed in a car crash on June 15.
Authorities say both teens were thrown from the bed of a pickup truck where it ran a stop sign and crashed into a tree.
Darlene Blevins cried while watching the crowd release blue and white balloons in honor of her son, Paul.
"He was a sweet young man, full of love and joy," said Darlene Blevins. "He loved hanging out with his friends. He loved to laugh."
Hundreds of miles away, a similar memorial was held in Michigan by Rogers' family. They released Chinese lanterns in his honor.
Haley Seal was also on back of the truck when it crashed, and was at the memorial in Tahlequah. She said she's lucky to be alive.
"I had two punctured lungs," said Seal. "I broke my femur and I now have a metal rod in my leg and 30 staples."
Oklahoma state law doesn't stop people from riding in the back of a pickup, so the Blevins family said they're turning to the media and to state legislators to push for a law they believe will save lives.
"I want it illegal for everybody," said Darlene Blevins. "I don't want to see anybody in the back of trucks. It happened to my son, happened to a 14-year-old son, and it could happen to anybody."