Stacy Jewell's mom, Lida Beckman, visits her daughter's grave often. Her daughter's friends decorated the casket with copies of Jewell's art. Beckman, who admits to doing drugs herself in the past, is angry that something so deadly was so easily available on a computer.
"It's easier to buy drugs than it is to buy alcohol," she said.
Kat Green is grateful her son survived. He was hospitalized for three days, and his hands still tingle with numbness. Doctors are concerned about his heart. He is reluctant to talk about it, even to his mother. He told her he wants to become a police officer.
Green is frustrated she can't do more to crack down on dangerous drugs that can be bought with the click of a computer mouse.
"It makes me so damn mad that it was so easy for them to get," she said.
She and other residents hope the tragedy will scare others from trying frightening new drugs.
"Every year from now on," Green said, "they're gonna remember when they put their friends in the ground because of this."
Staff writer Larry Oakes and staff researchers Sandy Date and John Wareham contributed to this report. Pam Louwagie - 612-673-7102