June 30, 2016

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Mementos taken from Brunswick teen’s gravesite

BRUNSWICK — The parents of one of the four Brunswick High School students killed in the June 3 Columbia Township crash told police this week that mementos have been taken from their son’s gravesite.

Sgt. Jon Page said Kevin Fox’s mother Sherri Fox called police to ask for more attention to be paid to the area at Eastlawn Memory Gardens after items went missing.

Mementos have been reported missing from the gravesite of Kevin Fox, who died following a car accident that also killed three other Brunswick High School students in June. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY JENNIFER PIGNOLET)

“They wanted to make us aware that they left an area to have notes and photographs left at their son’s gravesite and they believe someone has been taking some of those items,” Page said.

Page said officers on every shift are assigned to patrol the area, and more patrols have been added since the call.

The only items missing, he said, appear to be photographs and other mementos.

“We don’t have any reason to believe it’s anybody taking any things of (monetary) value,” Page said.

Kevin Fox died following the Lorain County crash that also killed his girlfriend, Lexi Poerner, Blake Bartchak and Jeff Chaya.

On the Facebook memorial for the students, Fox’s sister Colleen Fox posted her disappointment in those who removed the items.

“It is unfortunate that people are stealing the notes written from friends and family members to these four beautiful angels,” she wrote. “Please keep an eye out for any suspicious activity.”

The Facebook site also described similar items missing at Poerner’s grave at Resurrection Cemetery in Liverpool Township.

Other posts indicated items were taken for a memorial inside Brunswick High School. Superintendent Mike Mayell said he is not aware of anyone from the school removing items from the graves.

Anyone with information is asked to call Brunswick police at (330) 225-9111.

Contact Jennifer Pignolet at (330) 721-4063 or jpignolet@medina-gazette.com.