CINCINNATI (FOX19/Cincinnati Enquirer) - Dayton Police and Fire stated Monday that the Dayton Police Department Homicide Unit is now working on the death of a recent Moeller High School student.
Moeller 2020 graduate Michael Currin, 19, was found in the 3100 block of Wayne Avenue around 3:30 a.m. with critical injuries due to an unknown circumstance Sunday, Dayton Police and Fire said.
“We are very early in the investigation and detectives from the Crash Reconstruction Unit have been gathering evidence and conducting interviews since the incident occurred, they will now be joined by our homicide detectives,” Dayton Police and Fire said in a Facebook post.
The starting point guard on Moeller’s 26-1 basketball team last winter and a member of the 2019 state championship team, suffered a critical head injury in Dayton early Sunday, according to our media partners at the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Moeller Head Basketball Coach Carl Kremer remembered Currin Monday as the epitome of a “Moeller Man.”
“He was just a great kid,” Kremer said. “He treated people right and he lived his life the right way.”
Kremer continued: “In my career (...) he’s right there with the very best we’ve ever had at our school.”
Currin was a University of Dayton student and the incident is under investigation by local police.
The University of Dayton said Currin was injured off-campus.
Currin was a freshman majoring in business, University of Dayton says.
The Currin family released a statement after the news of Michael’s passing was announced:
“Michael Currin passed away peacefully this morning. We ask for your prayers for his family and ask for privacy to grieve. Please channel your prayers from a miracle for Michael to a miracle that we don’t yet understand.”
Currin’s former AAU basketball coach said everyone loved him and he impacted many young people.
“If you go on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook all the social media outlets you can see everyone saying what a tremendous human being he was and everyone loved him and the impact he had on so many young people,” stated Alex Meacham, former Shining Star basketball coach.
As news spread on Sunday, Moeller held a prayer vigil at the Gerry Faust Athletic Complex field behind the school.
Numerous Crusader families came to hear prayers and what little updates there were, according to our media partners at the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Several students participated in the service and Moeller President Marshall Hyzdu made opening remarks.
“Michael suffered a traumatic head injury and is in serious condition,” Hyzdu said during the service which was also streamed via Facebook. “We don’t know how it happened but the Dayton police are investigating the situation. He had successful surgery this morning to relieve some pressure, but at this point, his life is in God’s hand. I ask you to pray for John and Drew and Anna as well as his mother Callie.”
Currin’s father Joe was also a Moeller graduate and played for Principal/Coach Carl Kremer’s first team. Tragically Joe passed from a heart attack in a race he ran with Michael 10 years ago, according to our media partners at the Cincinnati Enquirer.
In his father’s memory, Michael Currin was named a 2020 Man of Moeller. He was a member of Zehler House, an Alumni Class Captain, school captain and involved in the development office, admissions office, Latin and National Honor Society.
Athletically, Currin was named Greater Catholic League-South Second Team this past season. On a squad packed with Division I recruits, Currin was third in the league in assists averaging three per game. He dished out nine assists against Chaminade-Julienne last season and had a season-high 11 points against Hughes. The next night against St. Xavier he had 10 points and made all of his shots (3-for-3 from field, 4-for-4 from free throw line).
Currin was also Honorable Mention All-City by The Enquirer and was a member of Moeller’s golf team.
Several coaches plus Moeller grad and current Bengal Sam Hubbard tweeted out their support for the Currin family during the day.
“Please keep Michael Currin and his family in your thoughts and prayers,” Hubbard posted. “A great young man.”