Two Mooney teens’ bodies found at cemetery

Boardman police seek help from the public in its investigation of the deaths of two Mooney students.

Staff Report

BOARDMAN — The bodies of two Cardinal Mooney High School seniors were found Sunday morning at Forest Lawn Cemetery on Market Street in Boardman.

Both male victims had gunshot wounds to the head, and one gun was found at the scene, police said.

The names of the victims — who were 17 and 18 — were not released by police.

The victims were found in the cemetery about 7:05 a.m. when an officer on a routine patrol spotted a vehicle on the property.

Jack Nichols, chief of the Boardman Police Department, said the case is being investigated, and it could take weeks before a conclusion is made.

Nichols said evidence, including gunshot residue, will determine whether the incident is ruled a homicide-suicide or a double suicide.

The department will also subpoena cell phone and e-mail records for the teens for any leads on motive or intent, police said.

Other details were not made available Sunday night.

Family members for both victims declined to comment on the incident.

Cardinal Mooney High School has experienced a wide range of emotions throughout the past week.

Jubilation from a state championship in football Friday was replaced by heartache after the tragedy. Students took part in a makeshift, impromptu memorial at the school Sunday afternoon. School officials did not return phone calls seeking comment Sunday evening.

Classes today had been canceled because of the state championship football victory Friday. But the school will open at 10 a.m. today to students who wish to mourn their classmates. There is also a Mass in remembrance of the victims at 1 p.m. at the school.

Nichols has asked anyone with any information on the incident or those involved to contact the department at (330) 726-4144 and ask for Lt. Don Hawkins.

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