Police: Alcohol may have been factor in death of Mandeville teen

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Posted on January 22, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 22 at 7:21 PM

Ashley Rodrigue / Eyewitness News
Email: arodrigue@wwltv.com | Twitter: @ashleyrwwl

MANDEVILLE, La. – A 17-year-old boy found dead on the Northshore Thursday was laid to rest this afternoon.

Flowers collected near the corner of Lafitte Street in Mandeville where Connor Guinn lived and was found dead last week. Guinn had just moved back to Mandeville, after time in Tampa, FL, with family.

"We interviewed some witnesses and we processed the scene. Initially what it looks like is there was possibly some alcohol use. I don't know what, at this point, that had to do with his death," said Mandeville Police Department Lt. Gerald Sticker.

Police say an empty bourbon bottle was found in the apartment, where Guinn was staying alone at the time. Far-away friends created a memorial Facebook page after learning the news and talked to Eyewitness News by phone Tuesday.

“Connor was a real good friend. A talented, unique friend and it was a real shock," Arturo Bhalto said.

Even though authorities are still trying to determine an actual cause of death, they want this situation to resonate with teens.

"If this turns out to be the case, then we need to heed that warning to those of us that are parents of kids, monitor closely what our kids are doing, who they're hanging with, where they're going," said Sticker.

A similar warning of safety is coming from friends.

"Hopefully teens will learn that drinking is bad and if you drink, to be careful," said Bhalto.

Now Guinn’s drawing talent and zest for life can only be found on paper, in pictures and in the memories of loved ones.

The coroner has not released the cause and manner of death. Mandeville police say that answer will help them determine whether criminal charges may follow.

 

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