October 21, 2014

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Shooting of elderly man ruled suicide

ELYRIA — The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled the death of 87-year-old Wesley Blaylock a suicide.

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Blaylock, whose obituary said he suffered from a lengthy illness, was found by his son in his home at 101 Carriage Court on Saturday and the son, identified by neighbors as David Blaylock, called 911.

The younger Blaylock said that his father was bleeding from his mouth.

“He’s on the floor and there’s blood everywhere,” David Blaylock told the 911 dispatcher, according to a recording of the call.

David Blaylock told the dispatcher several times that he didn’t know how his father had been injured, but when she contacted LifeCare to request an ambulance, the dispatcher reported that the elderly man had fallen.

Elyria police have said they were called to the house around 10:10 a.m. Saturday for a report of a man with a bloody nose, but it was later determined that Wesley Blaylock had been shot under the chin. A small-caliber pistol was found at the scene.

He initially was taken to EMH Elyria Medical Center before being flown to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, where he died late Saturday.

Powell Caesar, a spokesman for the Medical Examiner’s Office, said he could not release any additional details on the case.
Elyria police Capt. Chris Costantino said the case remains under investigation.

Wesley Blaylock’s obituary said he is survived by his wife of 66 years, Lee Blaylock, two sons, a daughter, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well as two sisters and two brothers.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and worked as a die setter at Modern Tool and Die in Valley City before retiring in 1995.

He enjoyed bowling, fishing, camping and canning vegetables harvested from his garden with his family, the obituary said.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com.