December 19, 2014

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Wellington boy collapses, dies at open gym

WELLINGTON — A 13-year-old boy died suddenly Tuesday night while playing soccer at Westwood Elementary School, according to Lorain County Coroner Stephen Evans.

Evans said the boy collapsed at the elementary school and he was rushed to Mercy Allen Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Drew Guyer was an eighth-grader at McCormick Middle School, said Superintendent John Nolan, who described the boy as a bright student who was well-liked by staff.

All school events at McCormick were canceled for the rest of the week, and grief counselors were brought in to both the middle school and high school to speak with students.

“Obviously, the junior high school students are at such a vulnerable age, so we canceled all the junior high school events this week,” he said.

Nolan said Drew participated in open gym for soccer and was also on the school’s basketball team. He was an honor student and member of the school choir as well.

Drew already had plans for his life after graduation, hoping to attend Kansas State University, according to Nolan.

“He’s an outstanding young man — his parent’s pride and joy, and certainly a student we hold in high regard,” he said. “It’s such a tragic loss. My heart goes out to his mom and dad. Drew was an only child. I can only imagine what their pain and anguish is.”

The family declined to comment when contacted Wednesday.

Evans said the cause of death is unknown, and an autopsy will be conducted.

Reporter Anna Merriman contributed to this story.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @ChelseaMillerCT.