(Medina County) - A funeral service was held today for 14 year old Matthew Homyk. The Brunswick High School student died suddenly last week.
Friend claim Matthew took his life after being bullied on through social media. Police investigators have declined to comment on the circumstances of his death.
In his eulogy at Grace Baptist Church in Brunswick, Pastor Richard Powers Sr. acknowledged that the nature of Matthew's passing has sparked many emotions and much concern.
He told those in attendance, now is the time for forgiveness, and a time for young people to lift each other up, instead of tearing each other down.
Pastor Powers told Newsradio WTAM 1100 that the family is dealing with the tragedy remarkably well, but he admits Matthew's death has dealt them two severe blows, normal grief plus the impact of a sudden passing.
Attending the service was Youth Pastor David Ivy of nearby Polaris Christian Church. He tells WTAM that the death of Matthew and Anthony Gill have been devastating for Brunswick students.
Last week, Anthony a fellow student committed suicide after family and friends said he went missing.
Pastor Ivy isn't sure how long it will take students to heal from the tragedies, but says Brunswick's faith community is open to any and all who need help.
Ivy urges students and parents to become more vocal in opposing social media bullying. Powers says students who are being bullied should reach out to a trusted friend, family member, teacher or minister.
Contributions in Matthew's memory can be made to the Brunswich Lacrosse Club Scholarship Fund.
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