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Man charged with murder, assisting suicide of teen found dead at Cuyahoga County Metropark in July

Posted at 1:49 PM, Aug 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-29 15:26:43-04

CLEVELAND, Ohio — An 18-year-old man is facing charges of murder and assisting suicide in connection with the homicide of a teen boy who died at a Cuyahoga County Metropark last month.

Duncan R. McElroy was indicted Wednesday on charges of murder, assisting suicide, improperly furnishing firearms to a minor, pandering obscenity involving a minor and falsification, according to Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas records.

McElroy was initially charged with furnishing a firearm to minor, according to Garfield Heights Municipal Court records.

The incident happened on July 12 at the Brecksville Reservation.

Brecksville police and Cleveland Metroparks rangers responded to the scene after McElroy called 911 and said that his friend had died, according to a Cleveland Metroparks report.

When officers arrived, they found the 17-year-old victim deceased, the report stated. The teen was later identified as Ace Stenger, of Parma.

McElroy told responding officers that the 17-year-old stole a rifle from his car while he was stopped on the side of the road. He also told officers that he had just purchased the rifle the day before, the report stated.

Later, the 19-year-old told investigators that he purchased the weapon and ammunition from a store in Broadview Heights and gave the items to the teen.

According to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office, Stenger met McElroy about two weeks before he died. On July 8, McElroy allegedly tried to kill Stenger but was unsuccessful.

On the day of the homicide and just an hour before McElroy called 911, the two went to a store together and McElroy bought a gun and ammunition, prosecutors said. Afterwards, they both drove to the Brecksville Reservation where Stenger was fatally shot.

McElroy is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 12 for an arraignment.

Confidential help is available — the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255.