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Autopsy of Erie Teen Who Died in State College Completed; Results Expected to Take 6 Weeks

by on October 22, 2019 1:10 PM

An autopsy of the 17-year-old from Erie who died in State College over the weekend was completed on Monday night, but the results won't be known for about six weeks, according to the Centre County Coroner's Office.

State College police and Centre LifeLink EMS were dispatched at 9:27 p.m. on Saturday for a medical emergency at 522 W. College Ave. Upon arrival, they found John “Jack” Schoenig in cardiac arrest. Resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said Schoenig, who was visiting State College, had no signs of trauma. Several witnesses were present when he lost consciousness and began experiencing shallow breathing.

Schoenig was a senior at Cathedral Preparatory School in Erie and a member of the school's hockey team. Erie News Now reported that Cathedral Prep and Villa Maria Academy President Fr. Scott Jabo sent a message to school families notifying them of Schoenig's death.

A prayer service was held at the school on Sunday and additional counselors were made available to students on Monday.

“He was the type of kid who would walk into a room and can lighten up the whole room. As a teammate, he could walk in the locker room and everyone just brightens up, smile on their faces, joking around. On the ice he always gave it his all," fellow senior and hockey team member Jacob Kruszwski told Erie News Now.

The Ramblers' game against Pine-Richland scheduled for Monday night was postponed to a later date as the team and school mourned the loss of Schoenig.

A funeral service is scheduled for Saturday.

Schoenig's death remained under investigation by State College police.

State College Borough Councilman David Brown said he was on a ride-along with police when the call about Schoenig came in.

"Unfortunately the first call I went to with the folks I was with was to the place where that tragic death of a 17-year-old student took place," Brown said.

"I came away from it really impressed and gratified and moved by the competent, caring, sensitive and very intense efforts that our police officers as well as the EMTs used... to try to help that young man’s situation... I was with six police officers there and every one of them made a remarkable impact in their presence by helping. So I want to commend them and to say thank you."

Geoff Rushton is managing editor for Contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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