December 22, 2014

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Keystone mourns senior student-athlete

The Keystone School District was mourning the death of senior athlete Logan Stiner, who died on Tuesday. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

The Keystone School District is mourning the death of senior athlete Logan Stiner, who died on Tuesday. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

By Melissa Linebrink and Anna Merriman
Chronicle-Telegram Staff

Logan Stiner

Logan Stiner

LAGRANGE — Students and community members are mourning the loss of Logan James Stiner, a senior at Keystone High School, who died Tuesday.

Police were called at 11:13 a.m. Tuesday to the 400 block of Hendrix Boulevard for an “unresponsive 18-year-old male,” Police Chief Chad Duensing said.

“Upon arrival, EMS attempted to revive the male, but could not. The Lorain County Coroner’s Office was contacted. The male, identified as Logan Stiner, was pronounced dead at the scene,” Duensing said in a news release.

According to the 911 call, Stiner’s brother found him lying on the floor, not breathing.

“He’s on the ground passed out. I don’t know how long he’s been lying here,” the brother said. He told the 911 operator that Stiner hadn’t been sick recently. According to the call, the brother performed CPR on Stiner until EMS arrived.

Lorain County coroner Dr. Stephen Evans said the teen’s death is being investigated, but has reason to believe it was due to natural causes.

Keystone School superintendent Jay Arbaugh sent out an email notifying parents and guardians of the teen’s death.

“This morning, the Keystone School family experienced a traumatic, unexpected death of one of our high school students,” Arbaugh said.

Arbaugh said counselors will be available.

“All staff will be working with our students, staff and community to help deal with the lingering effects that may arise,” Arbaugh said. “We are all saddened as a school family by this death and send our thoughts and prayers to the family and friends.”

A friend of Stiner’s family remembers the teenager as well loved, hard working and kind.

“Everybody who was around him seemed to be better for it,” said Scott Dillen, a family friend. “It’s going to take some time for the community to heal from this one.”

Dillen remembers specifically the close relationship Stiner had with his girlfriend; the couple were prom king and queen this year.

“I mean, that’s storybook,” he said.

According to The Keystonian, a publication of the Keystone school district, Logan was one of the top five graduating seniors. Seniors are scheduled to graduate Friday. He also was in National Honor Society and was going to graduate through the post-secondary enrollment options program.

As word traveled through the close-knit community Tuesday, residents were heartbroken.

Keystone High School senior Logan Stiner, top, defeats a wrestler from Columbia High School in a match in January. CHRONICLE FILE

Keystone High School senior Logan Stiner, top, defeats a wrestler from Columbia High School in a match in January. CHRONICLE FILE

Vickie White Kelling attended the Special Olympics event last week in Elyria to watch her nephew participate.

“Last week, Logan was my nephew’s student-buddy. It brought tears to my eyes watching Logan jump up and down, pumping him up for his race. He went halfway down the track and cheered him on and met him at the finish line and picked him up, cheering,” White Kelling said.

“It was obvious from the start Logan was a great kid with a huge heart. This is a sad day and a huge loss for the Keystone community.”

The Chronicle-Telegram’s “Class of 2014” section quoted Logan as saying he planned to attend the University of Toledo to study chemical engineering. He received the Lorain County Wrestlers Association scholarship, UT’s general scholarship and alumni association scholarship. He was a three-year academic award winner (going for fourth year) and a four-year scholar-athlete award winner as a wrestler.

He was the son of Dennis and Katie Stiner.

Chief Photographer Bruce Bishop contributed to this story.

Contact Melissa Linebrink at 329-7243 or mlinebrink@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter at @MLinebrinkCTContact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.