December 19, 2014

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U.S. Bank memorial fund honors stabbing victim

MEDINA — Family and friends of a man killed last week have opened a memorial fund in his name.

Donations to the James Daryl Carney Memorial Fund can be made at any U.S. Bank.

James Carney

Robert Kullman, a friend of the family, said Carney was his mother’s last remaining child. Her daughter, Michelle Haines, died in 2004.

Kullman said Carney’s mother, Linda Carney, is legally blind and has little income.

“There’s been a lot of death in her family over the years. It’s a messed-up situation, and everything she’s going to have to do is going to be on a credit card,” Kullman said.

“She needs help, and I thought maybe the community could come together to help her.”

Carney died Thursday at age 37 after he was stabbed in the chest.

Police arrested Aaron A. Furin, 30, of 381 Longview Road, who has been charged with murder.

Furin stabbed Carney, police said, during a party at Furin’s home after a broken liquor bottle led to a fight.

Carney got into his car and drove away, but lost control and almost hit a house, police said. He died at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.

Kullman said Carney was a kindhearted man who cared deeply for his family.

Carney moved to California from Brunswick when he was young, and returned to the area five years ago to help care for his grandparents, Kullman said.

Carney’s grandfather died last year and his grandmother is in a nursing home.

“Any chance James got, he was going to visit his grandmother in the nursing home,” Kullman said.

A gathering is scheduled in honor of Carney between 5 and 8 p.m. Sunday at the Fraternal Order of Eagles, 696 Lafayette Road.

Kullman said the gathering isn’t a funeral. Instead, it will be a “celebration of James’ life.”

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.