November 25, 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.


  • karenwilliamsfoley

    So sorry to the family for their tragic loss.

  • protectivefriend

    I was at the house when you waked through their garage, knocked on the door and asked for an interview. How dare you try to get a story from them. The parents were right there when we opened the door and hearing you ask for an interview was heartbreak on top of what they are going through. You my dear are a vulture and should think about saying NO to certain “stories”.

    • luvmytoaster

      I totally agree with you – I can’t even imagine the heartbreak they are enduring but I have seen many stories where the family does give a story about their loss – I don’t know how they do it.

    • Ex_Subscriber

      Protective friend,
      Please cut the reporter some slack – she was only trying to do her job, in my opinion. Do you think it was her idea to show up at the house and ask for the interview? You should think about the consequences of saying NO when the boss tells you to do something – all too frequently, the consequence is unemployment.
      My heartfelt and sincere condolences to the family.

      • banshee70

        That’s when you take a drive, leave the family alone, and pretend like you knocked on their door when you didn’t.

      • protectivefriend

        Sorry, there is no slack cutting here. The reporter WALKED THROUGH THE GARAGE and knocked on the door right as the basketball team was leaving. There must come a time that a person puts morals before a freaking “story”. NO is the only option here. If the TV news teams had the decency, if that is what you want to call it, to call instead of showing up at their doorstep this reporter should have done the same thing. It was a rush to see who could get the interview, that is the bottom line.

      • Christopher Carter

        I agree no slack here. There is a time and a place for everything and this was not the place. Walking through the garage and not thinking of the ramifications of the parents and friends. As for losing her job. That’s a crock. Over one story Really its Elyria not the Times!!

    • banshee70

      The Guyers are blessed to have a friend like you. These reporters need to learn some compassion and empathy instead of just trying to sell a story. I also have a 13 year old son, he’s my only son out of four kids, and I can’t even imagine the pain you all are going through. My thoughts are with this family at this difficult time.

    • Zen Grouch

      It’s not like the reporter hounded the family, persisting after being asked to leave.

      What’s wrong with getting a quote or two celebrating the kid’s life and maybe asking permission to use a family photo, rather than digging something up from FaceBook?

      Sure it was a sensitive time, but seriously, how much worse can a reporter make it by asking for an interview?

      • Jim

        I totally agree. I feel horrible for the family, and I also feel bad for the reporter who has to cover this story– but it is a story that needs to be covered.

        Some families find sharing their memories of their loved one helps with their grief, while other familes wish for nothing but privacy. The reporter won’t know until he or she asks.

    • Julie Wallace

      When situations such as these happen, the only way for a reporter to know if a family wants to talk is to ask. Many do, and oftentimes they will tell you it gives them some peace to share the memories and good thoughts about their family member with us and the community at large. We are trying to tell the larger readership who we lost. I can promise you that there isn’t a reporter out there who finds joy or glee in knocking on the door of a family who has just lost someone. I did it many times myself, and it is gut wrenching. But sometimes, they walk away with a greater appreciation of the person who is lost and can share that. That’s why she knocked at the door, nothing more. — Julie Wallace, The Chronicle

  • Jennifer Williams

    Prayers to the family.

  • zdubb78

    Words cant even describe the feelings my wife and I have towards this tragedy

    Our Prayers our with the family……….
    I dont know how or why this happens…………………….Bless them in this time!

  • Nick Mascari

    Praying for the family. What a horrible tragedy.

    I don’t, however, fault the reporter for doing her job. I heard about this story from my wife and the first thing I did was go to the website to find out more. Thats what we do and thats what the newspaper does.

    She knocked on the door to ask for an interview and thats it. She and the paper were doing the job we expect them to do.