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Matthew Kent, 2007 ALJ Grad, Found Dead

Kent was found unresponsive in his Hawthorne Drive home.

Matthew Kent, a 2007 graduate, was found dead at his home on Hawthorne Drive in Clark on Thursday afternoon.

Patch received several reports of Kent's death and Clark Police confirmed a death at his address though could not yet release further details. "We received a call of an unresponsive male around 4 p.m. and upon arrival made the pronouncement," Clark Police Captain Al Scherb told Patch.

Several friends report that Kent, 22, was struggling with drug addiction. Condolences have been pouring in on Kent's Facebook page tonight and several friends gathered at his home this afternoon.

We will update this story as more information becomes available.

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Rubbery Fenders May 27, 2012 at 11:42 PM
"Several friends report that Kent, 22, was struggling..." I'm sure his family doesn't appreciate you reporting this hearsay info. What if it’s not true? Very insensitive & bad journalism!
John May 28, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Fenders, I couldn't disagree more with your comment. If even one life can be saved by reporting this tragedy, then his death will not be meaningless. While, yes, it may be an unsubstantiated report, it is usually the people that are closest to the victims of addiction that already know best. The problem with this world today is that people are in denial about drug addiction happening in their quiet little "white bread" lives and towns. The truth is drug addiction is a major problem with our youth and is becoming more and more prevelant. In can strike anywhere, anyone, and anytime. Even in the best of homes and families. We know this first hand because, we lost our son to addiction 18 months ago. He was smart, a good athlete, came from a stable home life right here in our quiet little haven of Clark. But addiction soon grabbed hold and never let go. It started with the innocent partying in High school and eventually advanced from there. So, my only hope is your quiet little life is never touched by addiction because there is no way out of it except recovery, jail, or death! Our most sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Matthew. Our hearts and prayers are with you. Attached is a link to our story from Nov. 2010. http://clark.patch.com/articles/finding-strength-in-an-addicts-lost-struggle
John May 28, 2012 at 02:41 PM
To Jessica Remo: Jesicca, keep up the good work!
Rubbery Fenders May 28, 2012 at 07:38 PM
I’m truly sorry for your loss, John. 23 is way too young to die. I agree, drug addiction is an insidious disease that often reveals itself only when it’s too late. I hope time is easing the pain for you and your family. It’s just that I’ve seen too many false accusations ruin lives or reputations. It’s of no use to put unsubstantiated accusations in this or any story, especially one with the potential to cause more pain to this family at this time. If drug use played a part in Kent’s death then those facts should be revealed later rather than speculating now.
Liz Kent May 29, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Jessica Remo has no heart, she has no idea what she is talking about, and has no idea what information is true or false. Terrible journalism. Get your facts straight.
Sharon Mills May 29, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Hi Liz. It's Miss Mills. I really hope this is not true. If it is I am truly so so sorry. Please email me smills@clarkschools.org
CLARK732 May 30, 2012 at 02:28 AM
i absolutely agree! Very sorry for your loss.
Dennis Brehme May 30, 2012 at 05:33 AM
Im gonna miss him a lot. It's like just wanting to wake up from a bad dream. Mr./Mrs.Kent and Liz i'm very sorry, he was a great kid with an awesome sense of humor, very easy to get along with, and went that extra mile to cheer you up if you were feeling sad or if something was bothering you. RIP Mathew
Mary Mann May 31, 2012 at 01:56 AM
Ms. Kent, I am so terribly sorry for your loss. Please let us know what information is incorrect or inaccurate and we will amend the story. Jessica only reported what was verified by police as well as reports from several people who identified themselves as friends and who provided evidence that they were through their Facebook connection with Matthew.
Anonymous June 04, 2012 at 06:47 AM
Ms. Remo is a journalist. Like it or not, she reports what is news. Personally, I am skeptical about the media, but what Ms. Remo did was simply report what she heard from the sources at the time. The Facebook quote that was removed was pushing the envelope a little too much, but it's still news. Don't hate the reporter, hate reality. Liz, I'm so sorry to hear about your brother, but don't hate the reporter, that's their job.
Liz Kent June 04, 2012 at 03:19 PM
I do not hate her, I did not like how she worded things. Its was very harsh, and not a way someone should write about a person that just passed away.
Anonymous June 04, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Yea when I read it I was like wtf that's some harsh journalism. Again, I can't even put into words how bad I feel. Matt was a truly good kid, and it's really fd up that this has happened. I have lived in Clark my whole life, and it is really sad to see this happen to such a good guy.

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