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Mother Challenges Coroner’s Suicide Ruling, Says Race Played Role in Son’s ‘Choking Game’ Death

12:00AM
April
30, 2007

A mother whose teenaged son died at a church camp in Logan County last year has filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Franklin County Common Pleas Court. Tonya Amoako-Okyere is seeking damages in excess of $25,000. The Logan County coroner says James McCoy III committed suicide by hanging. But McCoy’s mother says he was killed when four other youths played a prank called The Choking Game.