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Teen brothers die in car crash


Brothers Tyler Sweeney, 18, of rural Oxford, and Gunner Sweeney, 14, of Portage, died in a one-vehicle crash early Sunday evening, October 26th, along State Hwy. 22 in the town of Buffalo.

The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call at 6:40 p.m. that the crash had occurred on State Hwy. 22, north of 17th Road. Sheriff Kim Gaffney reported that the vehicle, driven by Tyler Sweeney, was northbound when he lost control and entered the east ditch, striking a group of trees.
Both Tyler and his younger brother Gunner died as a result of the crash. Gaffney reported that both the driver and passenger were wearing seatbelts and that speed is believed to be a factor in the crash.

Assisting the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office on the scene were the Montello Fire and Rescue, Montello Police Dept., Marquette County EMS, and Marquette County Coroner.

Tyler was a student at Westfield Area High School. District Administrator John Eyerly expressed his condolences on behalf of the district. He stated that counseling has been made available for students and staff, “We will continue to monitor the situation and continue to make counseling available.” Gunner was a freshman at Portage High School.

As of press time, funeral services for Tyler and Gunner are scheduled for 2:00p.m. on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at John Muir Elementary School, 2600 Woodcrest Dr., Portage, with the Rev. David Hankins officiating. Visitation will be held on Saturday, from 11:00am until 2:00pm at the school. Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Home is assisting the family. Please check their website at www.pmmfh.com for any updates or further information.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family to be donated to a charity of the family’s choice at a later date.