vigil planned for Saturday
Family says teen died from heroin
18th birthday should have been the cause for celebration. In the
case of Cierra Adams of Batesville, it is the day her family will
never forget. It is the day she died.
The family of Cierra Adams is organizing a walk and candlelight
vigil for the 18-year-old who died July 16, on her birthday. While
the autopsy has not been completed, her family says she died of
a heroin overdose.
The walk and candlelight vigil will take place Saturday, July
30 at 7:00 p.m. at the Liberty Park in Batesville. The family
says the walk is a way to make people aware of the drug problem.
Mother of Cierra, Karen Adams said the event is for anyone who
has lost a loved one, friend or neighbor to alcohol or drugs.
We want to take back our community, she said. If
we dont stand together and fight this problem, its
just going to get worse and worse and there will be more kids
There will be speakers at the event and information will be given
out about slang terms about drugs that kids might use and signs
to look for and more.
The Adams family encourages everyone to bring their children Saturday
to the park to talk about drugs and choices with them, and most
of all, to take action.
Karen said her daughter was not a heroin or drug addict, and she
was not aware of her taking any kind of drugs before this tragedy
that claimed her life. She says they believe Cierra was taken
to Cincinnati where she got the heroin and then died at a friends
home in Batesville.
Karen and her sister, Diana Fugate, who are both graduates of
Milan High School, are organizing the walk and spreading the word
to help save a life. Were not taking it. Things are
happening and its going to get worse, Karen said.
Her sister added, People would be shocked if they knew how
bad it really was.
Batesville isnt the only community affected by young people
abusing heroin. It happens in the rest of the county and according
to Prosecutor Ric Hertel is a problem throughout the county. Anyone
interested in saving the lives of the young people in the area
are encouraged to go to the walk and support the Adams family.