Youngstown dad, son died by drowning while fishing


Dr. Humphrey Germaniuk, Trumbull County coroner, has ruled that two men found dead over the weekend in a Newton Township pond died by accidental drowning.

The coroner issued the rulings Tuesday after conducting autopies on the bodies of Anthony Harris Sr., 48, and his son, Anthony Harris Jr., 20, both of Youngstown.

The accident occurred while the men were fishing at Rankin’s Pond off of Miller Graber Road east of Newton Falls. The pond is about 10 to 12 feet deep and has heavy vegetation on the bottom, officials said.

To Brian Marrow, football coach at Youngstown Christian School and a relative, the loss is heartbreaking — because they were good, Christian men. They enjoyed fishing and went often, he said.

“It seems so unfair to lose two guys like that. Anybody who knew them will tell you A.J. was a great kid,” he said of Anthony junior. Tony, as his father was known, worked at RG Steel before it closed, and was a good role model. A.J. lived with his father.

Marrow said that when Anthony senior’s wife called to say that they had not come home when they were supposed to and she couldn’t reach them by cell phone, everyone knew something was terribly wrong.

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