Perry & Harvey Students Host Candlelight Vigil in Remembrance of Heroin Epidemic Victims

PAINESVILLE, OH (WOIO) - Perry and Harvey High School Students hosted a candlelight vigil in remembrance of heroin epidemic victims Saturday evening.

A couple hundred people gathered at the Town Square to talk about the growing epidemic.

Many students say they know people in their circles who are struggling right now.

"I know a lot of people who are in my school who have family members who have even died from it and when they found out we were doing this, they encouraged us to keep going because a lot of people are affected in this area," said Malik Montgomery, student at Harvey High School.

According to the Alcohol, Drug, Addiction and Mental Health Services Board, the state of Ohio leads the nation in heroin overdoses.

Several speakers addressed the crowd, putting faces on personal and family struggles.

Nat pop Coach: "I lost a niece and nephew to heroin addiction,' sad Coach John Sams, Harvey High School.

One woman lost her twin brother to an overdose---she brought his ashes with her to the gathering.

"Some people wanna say that relapse is a part of recovery but my brother right here is a perfect example that relapse is not a part of recovery," said Sandy Miller.

In closing they lit candles, passed them around and had a moment of silence for all those who have died from heroin.

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