Tuesday, September 26, 2000

Community ready to help out boys' families

School plans memorial for departed friends

By Kristina Goetz
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A community that rallied around one family this year to help pay for medical bills will have to extend its arms a little wider now to hold that family and another close.

        Many mourned Monday after the deaths of two teen-agers who drowned as rushing water trapped them in a 14-inch culvert at Clermont County's Park 50 TechneCenter.

        Glen Este 13-year-olds Lincoln Schlueter and David Chance Carr had been best friends since the first grade. They were clinging to each other when their bodies were found about 3:30 a.m. Sunday.

        Many in the community know the Carr family well. Jan Carr is a well-liked teacher at Summerside Elementary School. When the community found out her husband was on the waiting list for a kidney and pancreas transplant and needed money to help pay his bills, they chipped in. They knew Chance as the Carrs' only child.

        With school fund-raisers and community donations, more than $30,000 was raised.

        Eileen Murphy, principal at Summerside, said she's sure the community will be just as supportive in this as it was in raising money for the Carr family.

        “I think they will step to the plate,” she said. “I hope they will.”

        Family and friends remembered the boys shared interests in video games, model rockets, outdoor sports and professional wrestling on TV.

        They often spent the night at each others' houses, said Tom Woodward, who is engaged to Lincoln's mother.

        Lincoln was the youngest son of Barbara Ann Schlueter of Eastgate and Gary Schlueter of Milford. He has two brothers, Terrance Schlueter, 25, and Shawn Schlueter, 18; and a sister, Anglique Woodward, 3.

        Lincoln was a pitcher for the Tomahawks baseball team, Mr. Woodward said. He was outgoing, played the trumpet in his school band, and had a lean physique that lent itself to many sports. The boys were good students.

        Mr. Woodward and Ms. Schlueter had bought Lincoln a Go-Kart recently and the teen loved to tool around the neighborhood. Lincoln and Chase had built ramps in Lincoln's backyard for inline skating, but they preferred the challenge of wide-open concrete space, such as at the industrial park where Lincoln's mother worked.

        “It used to drive me crazy, 'cause you automatically think they're going to hurt themselves,” said Mr. Woodward. “But you can't tell them anything. You know how kids think they're immortal.

        By Monday morning, the boys' lockers had been cleared out and school officials made sure school buses didn't stop at their homes. At 10:30 a.m., Glen Este Middle School observed a moment of silence. The school also plans to plant trees and erect a memorial in the boys' memory.

        Annie-Laurie Blair and Tom O'Neill contributed to this report.


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