Emotional Tributes at Funeral for Brunswick Teen

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BRUNSWICK, Ohio -- The fourth and final Brunswick teenager killed in last Sunday’s horrific car crash has now been laid to rest. Funeral services for 18-year-old Kevin Fox were held Saturday afternoon.

In 18 years, Kevin Fox accomplished quite a bit. Hundreds of people packed the Cornerstone Chapel in Medina to remember him as a hockey and rugby player or a friend and confidant.

"Kevin was just an overall great guy. He helped everybody, he was always laughing, always smiling, and he never really got mad at anybody on our own team, and he was a great person, a great player," said rugby teammate Joy Tijerina.

"It's rough seeing him go, but seeing that he helped so many people, and got us all through this, it's gonna be alright," said rugby teammate Ryan O’Dell.

Fox was one of four Brunswick High School teenagers killed in a car crash in Columbia Township early Sunday morning, just hours before he was to graduate. The other teens are 18-year-old Jeff Chaya, 17-year-old Blake Bartchak, and 16-year-old Lexi Poerner, who Kevin was dating. Julia Romito, 17, survived.

"It's hard, but we gotta celebrate Kevin's life, you know, all the good things he did," said family friend Kayla Mason.

"That family is just so strong right now because it's a hard time for them," said family friend Shanna Mason.

"I know you are in heaven right now with Lexi and your friends. I just want you to know that you are the best baby brother a girl could ask for," said Kevin’s sister, Colleen Fox.

Fox, who was an organ donor, was the youngest of three. His older sister and brother spoke of how much of an inspiration he has been to them.

"I'm trying to be strong because I know how strong you were, and how you kept on fighting. You are my inspiration, and I hope to one day be able to do something with my life that is at least half as great as what you have done with yours," Colleen told the audience.

"Help us follow your way. I wanna try to live like you. Hopefully one day I can be like you, save somebody's life ... I'm proud of you. I love you," said his brother, Sean Fox.

Fox’s family says they were amazed to learn this week how many lives their son has touched. They say many of the people he loved and supported are now returning that love and support to them.

Kevin Fox’s family says his donated organs have helped eight people. His brother announced that the family learned Friday that Kevin’s heart was given to a 38-year-old man with three children.

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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