Brunswick Community Prepares for Final Funeral

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MEDINA, Ohio -- The last funeral for the Brunswick teens killed in a car crash last weekend will be held today.

Friday night, the Brunswick community attended a wake for 18-year-old Kevin Fox. From 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., people lined up outside the Corner Stone Chapel in Medina to pay their respects to the teen's family.

"It doesn't feel real. It's like a dream, a bad dream," said Charlie Gerard, who played hockey with Fox.

Friends, classmates and teammates of Fox are still trying to accept the tough reality that they will never see him again.

Fox was one of four teenagers killed in a horrific crash in Columbia Township last Sunday, early in the morning, just hours before he was to graduate from Brunswick High School.

Also killed were Lexi Poerner, 16, Jeffrey Chaya, 18, and Blake Bartchak,17.

Fox's fellow teammates from the Junior Barons hockey team were among the many people who showed up at the Corner Stone Chapel on Granger Road.

"I know he's in a better place right now, but I miss him a lot. I've known him since I was four years old. It's hard. You just think you're gonna wake up and it's all gonna be OK," said hockey teammate Max Kirkwood.

Fox also liked martial arts and rugby. His family says he also enjoyed the ocean and beaches, and treasured spending time with his friends and his girlfriend, Lexi Poerner.

"He's stayed at our home many, many, many times, and the boys were supposed to go to Cedar Point this Sunday with Kevin, and he will be missed," said family friend, Sally Gerard.

Friends say the chapel was filled with pictures and videos of Kevin, as well as flowers and some of his drawings.

They say Fox's family, including his mother, held together well.

"I know how much she cares about him, and he's our age and stuff, like, this shouldn't be happening, and it's not OK, and I feel so horrible for her," said Olivia DiBiasio, a one-time student of Fox's mother.

"It's just not right. It shouldn't be happening. He should be going off to school like the rest of us, and it's just really heartbreaking," said Theresa Sulminski, who attended grade school with Fox.

Kevin Fox's funeral will be held at the Corner Stone Chapel on Granger Road in Medina at 1:00 Saturday afternoon.

A memorial fund for each of the four teens has been established, and donations can be made at any First Merit Bank in lieu of flowers.

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