Adrian and Callie

A man and woman stand closely together wearing University of Kentucky athletic wear next to a grave decorated with flowers.

Callie: “My older son Averi struggled with depression because of a bone disease. He hurt a lot.

On the day he passed away, he had been doing so well. He was taking shots for his bones and said he hadn’t felt so good in a long time. On that day, he left with two guys. They took him to a so-called friend’s house. That person gave him the fentanyl. The same two guys drove him back home, knocked on my door, and left him on the walkway to my door. He was unresponsive.

I called 911 and Averi was taken to the UK Hospital. They gave him Narcan and he came to; he was released late that night. But during the night, the Narcan wore off and the fentanyl kicked in. I found him on the couch in the morning and did CPR at home until EMS arrived. Averi was taken back to UK, where he was pronounced dead at 10:14 am. But I knew he was already gone at home.

It was March 22, 2020.”

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