Hundreds attend visitation for Savage brothers

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Mishawaka, Ind. Hundreds of people lined the halls of Penn High School Thursday afternoon to support the family of two former students, Nick and Jack Savage, who died of an apparent overdose Sunday morning.

Nick Savage, 19, and Jack Savage, 18, were found unresponsive in their parents' home on Woodington Court in the Brendon Hills subdivision shortly before 11 a.m.

St. Joseph County Metro Homicide detectives said the two brothers consumed a cocktail of prescription drugs and alcohol at a party Saturday night in the 15000 block of Bryanton Court.

Visitation goers said the brothers were well known students and hockey players at the school.

“He was one of the best captains I think I've ever played against,” fellow hockey player Charlie McFadden said of Jack Savage. “He knew how to lead a team.”

Students, friends, family, teachers and other community members paraded slowly into the gym where the visitation was being held.

The family had assembled a memorial of pictures, hockey trophies and jerseys, paying tribute to their athletic careers.

“If anything bad happens the community comes together and supports whoever,” said fellow hockey player Andy Han, who plays for St. Joseph High School with McFadden.

Many visitors said the tragic way that the students died would serve as a lesson for area teens for many years to come.

“I mean life is obviously precious and life is obviously quick and it gave me a wakeup call to always value the time we have,” McFadden said.

The funerals will take place Friday, June 19, at Sunnyside Presbyterian Church at 115 S. Frances Street in South Bend.

The Nick and Jack Savage Memorial Fund has been established at Teachers Credit Union. Donations may be made at any branch office.

According to the St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office, no criminal charges have been filed at this time.

Toxicology tests could take up to eight weeks to determine the exact causes of the brothers' deaths. The investigation remains active and ongoing.