June 26, 2016

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Brunswick Schools mourn two high school students

BRUNSWICK — Brunswick Schools are making grief counselors available following the deaths of two high school students.

“On behalf of Brunswick City School District, we would like to extend our deepest condolences to the families of Matthew Homyk and Anthony Gill,” the district said in a news release. “We are saddened and troubled by the tragic loss of these two students. Their deaths are difficult to comprehend.”

Brunswick Police Sgt. Steven Hoover said Anthony, a senior, was found dead at 11:20 a.m. Monday in a backyard down the street from his home on Alda Parkway.

Hoover said Anthony’s death is a suspected suicide.

Matthew, a 14-year-old freshman, died Friday, according to the funeral home handling arrangements.

Medina County Sheriff Tom Miller said Matthew, of Brunswick, was found dead in Liverpool Township. He said foul play is not suspected, but declined to elaborate.

Brunswick Superintendent Michael Mayell said, “It goes without saying that we are not at liberty to discuss specific details, nor do we have them.”

Mayell said grief counselors would be available to the students and their families.

“This loss is sure to raise many emotions, concerns, and questions from our entire community, especially our students,” Mayell said.

He urged anyone needing to talk to call prevention specialists Debra Marshall or Kathy Fulkerson, a school psychologist and guidance counselor, at (330) 325-7731.

Calling hours for Matthew are 2 to 8 p.m. today at Waite and Son Funeral Homes, 3300 Center Road. His funeral is set for 11 a.m. Wednesday at Grace Baptist Church, 3480 Laurel Road, Brunswick.

Matthew was a member of the Brunswick LaCrosse team, according to an obituary.

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

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Nick Glunt primarily covers courts and crime in Medina County. He served The Gazette from September 2012 to December 2015. Contact him at (330) 721-4048 or via email at nglunt@medina-gazette.com.