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Investigation continues as hundreds mourn Cardinal Mooney teens



Published: Mon, December 7, 2009 @ 8:05 p.m.

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Condolences and hugs as the "Mooney Family" had a mass at the school to deal with the deaths of two seniors over the weekend.

BOARDMAN — Police are reconstructing the 24 hours leading up to the deaths of two township teens found in a Market Street cemetery.

The bodies of Jamie Serich, 17, of Walker Mill Road, and Colin Hart, 18, of Wildwood Drive, were found early Sunday by a township police officer in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Both boys were seniors at Cardinal Mooney High School.

“We’re trying to piece together the 24 hours before their deaths,” said Lt. Don Hawkins, leading the investigation.

Serich’s mother, Cynthia, reported her son missing about 11:30 p.m. Saturday. The report said the woman had last seen her son about 8 p.m. that day.

The mother told police she was notified by several of her son’s friends that they had received text messages from Jamie saying he was going to kill himself that night, and that he was depressed and couldn’t take it anymore, the police report said.

Hundreds paid their respects and mourn the teens as the high school had a memorial mass Monday.

“We gather today as a people of hope,” said Father Ed Noga, of St. Patrick Church in Youngstown, who presided over the mass attended by about 300 mourners.

Many of those in attendance sought comfort in a few dozen boxes of tissues scattered around the room.

Large pieces of poster board with the boys’ names were hung on a back wall. On them people wrote messages such as, “we love you,” “we’ll miss you forever,” and “you’ll always be in our hearts.” Those who attended were handed a musical program featuring the students’ names. The opening song was “We Are Many Parts.”

Father Noga reminded the congregation of faith. He said a funeral “is as much about the congregation that gathers as the person we’re sending back to the Lord.”

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1Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

When life should be a joy awaiting Christmas day it has suddenly become a burden for many because of these two deaths . Time and faith will heal the wounds but scars may remain . May the spirit of Christmas touch all of the lives affected .

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2cmhs82(2 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

THis is just a sad situation. Regardless if it were a murder suicide or a double suicide 2 innocent lives were lost to soon. My condolences go out to the Mooney Family and the family of these 2 young men. RIP Jaime & Colin

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3oh2az(5 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

Every 18 minutes someone in the US commits suicide, every 19 minutes people are left to make sense of it. If this is indeed a suicide use it as an opportunity to educate the young and old alike in regard to depression. Google NAMI or NIMH for information on mental health issues. Rest in Peace gentelmen. Remember suicide is a permanent solution to often times temporary problems.

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4sjstupka(3 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the two young men I work with a friend of theirs and he was at work when he got a text about the two young men.He was in disbelief about his two best friends passing.

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5UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

WHY? They were only 17 & 18 years old with their whole life ahead of them. This makes no sense.

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6holdinweight(11 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

its amazing how they investigate an obvious suicide at a predominately white school but deaths at schools like wilson/rayen/east were never a focal point of law enforcement. Before any of you comment on how these were good kids and how maybe the kids from the latter were probably bad, just know I attended these schools and some of these death were from very good kids at the wrong place at the wrong time.

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7Tugboat(759 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

Somethng to think about -

http://www.cracked.com/article_15231_...

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