Name: Andrew Frye
Location: Akron, Ohio
DOD: April 6, 2016
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A teenager used heroin with his mother hours before she found him dead in their Green hotel room Wednesday evening, authorities report.
Andrew Frye, a 16-year-old Akron Public Schools student, is suspected to have died from a heroin overdose, according to Summit County Medical Examiner’s records.
He was found dead by his mother and her friend, who shared a room with him at the Super 8 Hotel, 1605 Corporate Woods Parkway.
According to the medical report, the group rented the room at about 1 a.m. Wednesday. They told investigators they got the room so they could go swimming.
Andrew’s grandmother or her mother’s friend may have purchased the heroin they used, according to records. The grandmother was not mentioned again in the report. The report was unclear whether she was ever at the hotel.
At 6:28 a.m., a picture was posted to what appears to be Andrew’s Facebook page reading: “Pretending that you don’t have feelings of anger, sadness or loneliness can destroy you mentally.”
At about 7 a.m., the three of them went to sleep.
At 6:45 p.m., the mother and her friend awoke to find the teen dead near his bed.
There were no signs of trauma. Police found syringes, drug paraphernalia and suspected drugs in the hotel room.
The report indicated Andrew had a history of substance abuse and was diabetic.
Medical examiner spokesperson Gary Guenther stressed heroin is the suspected cause of Andrew’s death, but the office has to wait for a toxicology report for confirmation.
Guenther said if the teen did die from heroin, he would be the youngest person to die of an opiate overdose in Summit County so far this year.
Sheriff’s spokesperson Bill Holland declined to comment Thursday on the findings in the medical examiner’s report. He said charges could be filed pending the result of the sheriff’s investigation.
“Whatever evidence we find of criminal activity, the appropriate arrests will follow,” he said.
He declined to elaborate on possible charges.
The Akron school district said that Frye was an online student. He had enrolled with the district in January after being in Green schools, a spokesman said. Both districts are offering counseling services to students.
All three adults mentioned in the report — Andrew’s 31-year-old mother, his 52-year-old grandmother and his mother’s 34-year-old friend — have court records of drug-related charges.
Frye’s aunt had custody of him, according to the medical examiner’s report.
Andrew Frye, 16, of Akron, Ohio passed unexpectedly on April 6, 2016.
He was born in Akron and was cared for by his great aunt, Tammy Smith. He attended Green High School and was very interested in computers, music, and video gaming. Andrew was extremely generous in helping others; he was a gentle person with a heart of gold. He will be missed tremendously by all his family and friends.
Preceded in death by his father, John Sabini; grandfather, Berkeley Dawkins; and grandfather, Scott Frye; he is survived by his great aunt, Tammy Smith; and her siblings, Marlene and Joe Popeko, Terry Mayfield, and Lisa Mayfield-Russo; grandmother, Janet Dawkins; Kellie and Ben Derin, Julie and Marc Andrea, David and Souad Smith, Misty Fry, Scott and Linda Fry, Brandon and Jennifer Diaz (Mariah F. Frye), and Mary and Jason Diaz (Aaliyah H. Frye); good friends, Michael Longwood, Arizona Smith, and Marcelis Callaway; and many cousins and relatives.
Visitation will be held for Andrew at Adams Mason Funeral Home, (791 E. Market Street, Akron) from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, 2016, with funeral service to follow from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The family would like to extend a thank you to Robert Corn for being Andrew’s role model and father figure.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Andrew Frye memorial fund at any First Merit bank to help with final expenses.