On Edge: Campus Uneasy After Student's Beating Death, Weekend Robberies

Christopher Kernich - Photo courtesy of www.kentnewsnet.com
Christopher Kernich - Photo courtesy of www.kentnewsnet.com

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KENT, OH (WOIO) - A Kent State University student has died from injuries sustained during a brutal unprovoked beating off campus.

Christopher Kernich, 23-years-old was assaulted around 2 a.m. November 15th and died at Akron General Hospital Saturday, November 21st.

Two men are in custody for the student's beating death. Adrian A. Barker, 20-years-old, and Ronald G. Kelly, 21-years-old, remain in the Portage County jail on $75,000 cash bond each. Barker and Kelly were charged with one count each of felonious assault, and Barker is also charged with one count of obstructing official business.

Now that the student has died, Kernich's death may be considered a homicide and more charges can be expected.

"Chris had a lot more life to live," said friend Sara Syroka. "He was a very fun, upbeat loving guy so we're all going to truly miss him at Kent State."

The President of Kent State University, Lester A. Lefton released the following statement regarding Christopher Kernich:

"The university community is deeply saddened to learn about the untimely death of one of our students. Christopher Kernich, a junior studying pre-business management, has died at the age of 23. The entire Kent State community sends our heartfelt condolences to Chris' family. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. Losing a loved one is never easy, particularly if it is a result of a senseless tragedy.

Chris' death is a tragic reminder that violence, whether provoked or unprovoked-regardless of the reason, is never the answer. May we learn something from this incident, for our own sake and in Chris' memory."

Counseling is available at Kent State's Counseling and Human Development Center, which provides free services to Kent State students, staff and faculty. The center's phone number is 330-672-2208.

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