Family of Matthew Straton speaks out about his death

Updated: 01/19/2014 11:10 PM
Created: 01/19/2014 7:05 PM WHEC.com
By: Joangel Concepcion

The family of Matthew Straton is trying to find closure.

Just days after his remains were found buried in the backyard of a house on Rowley Street, the mother of Matthew Straton has a lot of questions.

Rochester Police recovered the remains of the 31-year-old in the backyard of a home at 27 Rowley Street. It was a two day investigation at the home of Doctor William Lewek, a psychiatrist.

Kym Straton said this discovery has brought some relief, but she wants to know what happened to her son and how he ended up at Lewek's home.

If you think about what this family has been through, it is truly heartbreaking.

First, they had no idea where Matthew was, and now they find out he died seven houses away from his brother's home.

It’s an unbelievable story to anyone who hears it and now this family is showing an unbelievable amount of strength.

“I would never have thought that the last time I talked to Matt would be the last time I talked to matt,” said Kym Straton, Matthew’s mother.

Kym Straton has replayed the last time she spoke to her son over and over in her head.

“I try to remember if I told him that I loved him. I'm almost positive I did, because I try to tell them every time we say good bye that I love him. I'm just glad that we laughed,” she said.

For months, they never gave up hope that Matthew Straton was alive Now, they search for closure since police found his body days ago in a very strange chain of events.

My gut feeling all along, I had a feeling it was not going to end well, but not in my wildest dreams did I think it would ever be something like this,” said Kym Straton.

The family admits Matthew was struggling with a substance abuse problem, but they don't want the last year of his life to define who he really was.

“Matt was a loving, funny, he had such a sense of humor, such a great smile. He cared about everybody. He just had a very big heart. He wanted to be a father. He loved children and he was a family man,” said Cimmaron Norton, Matthew’s aunt.

They also tell us he loved sports and had a love for animals. He was also trying to turn his life around. This family says it's been a struggle not knowing exactly what happened, but they can only hold on to each other until they know the truth.

“You never know when it's going to be your last time, so everybody, never take your family for granted,” said Kym Straton.

The Straton family has received a lot of support from other families in our area who know what it's like to have a missing family member. They say they will pay it forward and continue to support those families.

Calling hours for Matthew Straton will be held Monday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Falvo Funeral Home, 1295 Fairport Nine Mile Point Road, in Webster.

Dr. Lewek, the man who owned the house where Straton’s body was found, is facing charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance and tampering with evidence.  

Lewek's bail was reduced from $500,000 to $350,000. He is still in the Monroe County Jail.


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