June 30, 2016

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Ruling in deaths of 2 teens could take months

MEDINA — A ruling on whether two Brunswick High School students committed suicide earlier this week could take two to three months, a coroner’s spokeswoman said Friday.

Anthony Gill

Anthony Gill

Matthew Homyk

Matthew Homyk

A spokeswoman for Medina County Coroner Neil Grabenstetter said preliminary reports listed the cause of death for both boys as hanging, but tests needed to be completed before they could be ruled suicides.

If Grabenstetter rules their deaths as suicides, they will be the fifth and sixth teenage suicides in Medina County in just more than two years.

Matthew Homyk, a 14-year-old freshman, died Jan. 10. Anthony Gill, a 17-year-old senior was found dead Monday.

The boys did not know one another, police said, and the deaths are not connected.

Brunswick police spokesman Nick Solar has said the motive in Anthony’s death is unknown.

“The why question is one that we may never get answered,” Solar said. “There was no note or anything.”

Matthew’s funeral was Wednesday at Grace Baptist Church in Brunswick and hundreds of friends and family members gathered to mourn him.

Visiting hours for Anthony are 5 to 8 p.m. today and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Busch Funeral Home, 7501 Ridge Road, Parma, and 9 to 10 a.m. Monday at St. Ambrose Church, 929 Pearl Road, Brunswick.

His funeral will be 10 a.m. Monday at St. Ambrose.

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