August 28, 2014

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Family, friends remember Keystone senior

The rock in front of Keystone High School was decorated in memory of Logan Stiner, who died on Tuesday. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

The rock in front of Keystone High School was decorated in memory of Logan Stiner, who died on Tuesday. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — A “Home of a Keystone Graduate” sign is displayed in foliage of the Stiner family’s front yard on Hendrix Boulevard.

In the garage, lawn chairs formed a circle while bikes hung from the ceiling.

Dennis Stiner sat on one of the chairs but quickly went inside to gather the students who were inside his home. Moments later, nearly 20 teenagers emerged — all faces showing the same expression — sadness and disbelief.

Logan Stiner

Logan Stiner

On Tuesday, Dennis and Katie Stiner’s son, Logan Stiner, 18, was found on the family’s computer room floor, unconscious.

No one knows what happened between 6:38 a.m. and 11:31 a.m.

Logan reported to school at 6:38 a.m., but left after second period — like he did almost every day. Being a senior has its privileges — leaving school during a free period is one of them, his aunt, Kelly Stiner, said.

“He came home, called his dad and told him he didn’t feel good and asked if he could stay home,” Kelly Stiner said. “He said, ‘Absolutely, just text me the school’s number.’ ”

It was a text that was never sent.

His older brother, Dylan Stiner, went home after his shift at Gray Hawk Golf Course, where he is a groundskeeper, to make lunch.

“He made a sandwich, and dropped a knife, or something, and then when he went to get it, he saw Logan on the ground in the family’s computer room,” Kelly Stiner said. “Dylan did what he was supposed to do. He called 911 and performed CPR.”

The 911 call was placed. Moments later, LaGrange police arrived.

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

On Wednesday night, vehicles lined Hendrix Boulevard, some with the words, “RIP Logan” marked on windshields. The rock in front of Keystone High School on Opportunity Way was painted red with the same words.

Sharing stories about Logan evoked a few laughs among many tears that were shed Wednesday night at the home.

Surrounded by his friends, Dylan Stiner tried to speak about his best friend and brother, but found it too heartbreaking and slipped back inside the house.

“I can’t deal with this,” he said through tears.

Logan’s girlfriend, Morgan Myers, sat in a chair, with her legs crossed and her cell phone in her lap — almost as if she were expecting him to call or text her — something the couple did frequently if they were not together.

Morgan said she and Logan walked together through the halls of Keystone High early Tuesday morning and nothing was amiss. Morgan admitted to not wanting to attend school this week because seniors only had two days left of the academic year.

“He told me, ‘I do! I want to see everyone!’” Morgan said.

But that was Logan. He was thrived in social settings; made friends wherever he went; always had a smile on his face; and never uttered a bad word about anyone, his friends said.

His nickname was “Lo” and his favorite saying was, “Yo!” — many times the two words went hand-in-hand.

His cousin, Kendle Stiner, called Logan “the little brother” he never had. The two grew up five houses from each other on Hendrix Boulevard and were inseparable.

“I was here at his house daily,” Kendle Stiner said.

As classmates continued to walk up the Stiners’ driveway Wednesday to pay their respects to the family, Morgan stayed in her chair, clutching her cell phone and crying. Her friends hugged her, but she craved comfort from the one who couldn’t be there for her.

In her cell phone are the final texts she received from Logan on Tuesday.

“Good morning sweetie <3333333!”

Contact Melissa Linebrink at 329-7243 or mlinebrink@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter at @MLinebrinkCT.

  • luvmytoaster

    UGH….this is so sad – I am so very sorry for your loss! No one should die at this age…….