Items Missing from Brunswick Gravesites
BRUNSWICK, Ohio — As they continue to cope with unbearable pain, the families of some of the Brunswick teenagers killed in a horrific crash are dealing with another blow. They say someone is stealing mementos from their loved ones’ graves.
The final resting place for Kevin Fox, 18, is situated below a Willow Tree in Eastlawn Memory Gardens in Brunswick.
His gravesite is decorated with pictures, flowers and other items.
“If it’s anything I’ve learned from this tragedy, friends’ support, it’s just been great, I mean, it’s helped a lot, a whole lot,” said Fox’s uncle, Harry Gilleland.
Fox died in a car accident on June 3, just hours before he was set to graduate from Brunswick High School.
He was killed along with Jeffrey Chaya, 18, Blake Bartchak, 17, and Fox’s girlfriend, Lexi Poerner, 16.
Julia Romito, 17, survived.
“This notebook has different things that people that come would like to relay to Kevin, and, the first several pages were ripped out a few days ago,” explained a family friend who stopped by the gravesite.
Fox’s parents say they noticed pages missing from a notebook they set at his grave, as well as some photos.
On a Facebook memory page, Poerner’s sister noted that someone is stealing from her gravesite, too.
“To me it’s sick, it’s just sick. When I heard about it, I was just like, who would do it? What can you say, I hope they catch ‘em,” Gilleland said.
Fox’s uncle, known to relatives as “Uncle Joe,” went to check on the grave Thursday afternoon.
Relatives have been visiting more frequently since items began to disappear.
“I’ve heard of some nasty things going on, but this is just low,” said Gilleland.
Brunswick police say they will also step up patrols in the cemetery to prevent future thefts.
Fox’s uncle says his parents are holding up as well as can be expected, considering the loss.
“Overall, you got your good days, your bad days, and for the most part I’d like to say at times they seem to be, you know, they’ve handled it with nothing but grace the whole time through this. I don’t know how they’ve done it,” said the uncle.
Thursday would have been Lexi Poerner’s 17th birthday.
Her family was expected to hold a special gathering at her gravesite.