Created: 05/09/2014 6:36 PM
By: Kai Porter, KOB Eyewitness News 4
A teenage girl died of a heroin overdose and police believe a bad batch of heroin may be responsible.
In a two hour period Wednesday night, police responded to three separate heroin overdose calls within a four mile radius of each other.
Two of the victims survived but Desiree Gonzales, 17, did not.
“She struggled a lot but she always had a smile on her face,” said Gonzales’ stepmom, Stephanie Anaya. “She was always smiling.”
Police are investigating what caused her overdose and they believe the drugs could have been laced with an adverse chemical or substance.
Gonzales’ family said she had been in and out of treatment and recently lost touch with relatives.
“We want her to be remembered for the good things about her not the problem she had or the addiction she battled,” said Anaya. “She was good person. She was a good girl and she deserves to be remembered like that.”
Police are currently searching for the cause of the overdoses and the heroin supplier.
Investigators worry there could be more victims.
Gonzales’ family is sharing her story, not only to keep her memory alive, but to help others also battling addiction.
“You're always running the risk of running into something that's bad or tainted and it's not a risk anybody should take,” said Anaya.
The family has set up a fund for funeral expenses at http://www.gofundme.com/90p50o.
Donations can also be made at State Employee’s Credit Union under accout #3002274470.