Vigil to honor Fremont man found dead after Cleveland concert
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:17:23 GMT —
Less than 24 hours after the body of a Bowling Green State University graduate was found in a landfill near Cleveland, plans were already underway to honor the 22-year-old's life.
On Tuesday, investigators with the Cleveland Police Department and the Lorain County Sheriff's Office revealed that Barron's body may have ended up at an Oberlin dump after falling down a trash chute at Progressive Field in Cleveland.
Last Friday, Barron traveled to the venue with friends for a Jason Aldean concert.
The country singer was among many that took to social media, on Tuesday, to offer their condolences to those now coping with Barron's sudden death.
"My sincere condolences go out to Cory Barron's family and friends. My heart is heavy for you all and you are in my thoughts and prayers," Aldean tweeted.
Late Tuesday, a small group gathered in Fremont to pray for Barron.
A larger vigil was also scheduled for 8:30 p.m. on July 24, Thursday night, at Fremont-Ross High School.
Those who planned to attend were asked to wear purple and white, the colors for Barron's high school.
On Wednesday, an autopsy for Barron was scheduled in the hopes of learning if the 22-year-old was pushed or fell into a trash chute that lead to a Progressive Field dumpster.
Reports indicate that Barron's body showed no obvious signs of injury when it was discovered.
Authorities did say the dumpster was located several stories below the section where Barron was sitting for the concert.
The trash gathered in the dumpster was taken to a landfill, about 35 miles west of Cleveland, on Tuesday where Barron's body was finally found.
"One of the trucks that was dumping his refuse from his run from Cleveland, after he dumped his refuse he pulled away. One of the other landfill workers on another piece of equipment saw the body, so he immediately contacted the truck driver. The truck was held there and we were able to confirm that its route was definitely from Cleveland around the Progressive Field area, â??Lorain County Sheriff's Capt. Jim Drozdowskilorain said.
Police said Barron was found in the clothes he was wearing the night of the concert; the 22-year-old also had his concert ticket and wallet still on him.
Friends said that they last saw Barron alive around 9:30 Friday night when he left to find another group.
After offering its own condolences, the Cleveland Indians issued a statement on the continuing investigation at the MLB team's home field.
"We are cooperating with authorities in their investigation and do not have additional comment at this time," the team's statement said, in part.
Officials with Barron's alma mater, Bowling Green State University, also said a few words about Tuesday's news on Twitter.
"Keeping the family of BGSU student Cory Barron in our thoughts and prayers. Once a falcon, always a falcon," the university's tweet said.
A "Support Cory Barron" event has also been created on Facebook and will function as fundraiser for Barron's family.
The gathering will be a "fit camp" held from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. on August 3 at Roger Young Memorial Park.
Attendees will be charged $2.00 per person with "all proceeds going to the Barron family".