Kevin Fox’s Father: ‘Our Son Was a Hero’

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BRUNSWICK, Ohio -- Days after a deadly car accident claimed the lives of four Brunswick teens, students continue to pay their respects.

As the family of Kevin Fox prepares for his upcoming burial, his father is speaking out about the legacy his son leaves behind.

"Our son was a hero. It's a tragedy. Kevin is a great kid. He'll live on through all the people he's helped," said Kevin's father, Jim Fox.

Just hours before he was expecting to graduate from Brunswick High School, the family of 18-year-old Kevin Fox received devastating news.

"I was so set on him making it, I guess it was overconfident, I guess you could say," said Kevin's older brother Sean. "It's hard to accept that he's gone. Every day I wake up and remind myself that it happened."

Sean said he and his brother shared a very special bond, and the admiration he felt toward Kevin grew stronger each and every day.

"Everyone said he looked up to me, but this goes for me and my sister, we both looked up to him."

A few months before he passed away, Kevin completed a school project that sketched out his life goals.

His uncle Dave Gilland said, "Number one was, 'Have God in my life.' Number two was, 'Have a safe life,' and number twenty was, 'Save somebody's life.' "

Kevin is already saving lives through organ donation. His family says his organs and tissues have been donated to more than a half-dozen people.

"Kevin never left without saying, 'Love you Mom, love you Dad.' And he would say it multiple times before he left the house," said Gilland.

His brother added, "We had to kick him out of the house, and I had to fight him off because he tried giving me kisses. Sometimes, he was just so loving."

A wake will be held for Kevin Fox from 2-8 p.m. on Friday at The Corner Stone Chapel, located at 3939 Granger Road in Medina. A funeral service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at the same location.

In addition, calling hours for Lexi Poerner, 16, were held at the Jardine Funeral Home on Pearl Road in Cleveland. Lexi’s funeral occurs tomorrow with a 9:30 a.m. mass at Saint Ambrose Catholic Church followed by internment at Resurrection Cemetery in Valley City.

Jeffrey Chaya and Blake Bartchak were laid to rest at Resurrection Cemetery in Valley City Thursday.

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