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The Last Weeks of Savannah Deangelis, 23, Who Died Monday From an Opioid Overdose

| November 14, 2017

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Savannah Deangelis in an image from her Facebook page.

Note: A celebration of life in memory of Savannah Deangelis will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 5650 Belle Terre Parkway, Palm Coast. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Savannah’s name to the Florida Hospital Flagler Foundation.

Every day, 175 Americans die from opioid abuse. On Monday, Savannah Marie Deangelis, a 23-year-old Palm Coast resident and 2011 graduate of Matanzas High School, was one of them. She had overdosed at her home on Oct. 28, just two days after her release from the Flagler County jail.

Barely half an hour before paramedics were called to her parents’ house on Front Street in Grand Haven, where she lived, she had had a very brief encounter with someone who’d pulled up in a black car. She’d taken something from him, and the driver sped off, according to a sheriff’s incident report. She’d told her mother that she had met a friend from drug court, a 24-year-old Palm Coast resident called Zachary Gonzalez.

She then locked herself in the bathroom. Her father got concerned after a while because of her history of drug abuse. He forced his way in and found her unresponsive. He performed CPR until he was relieved by paramedics. There was a used syringe and clear plastic baggies on the bathroom counter. Deangelis was no longer breathing on her own. She was taken to Florida Hospital Flagler, where she never regained consciousness.

Deangelis’s spiral over the past two years, since her original arrest on prescription-drug charges, followed a pattern familiar to law enforcement, the justice system, supportive parents and the social service agencies that intersect with the lives of addicts in hopes of steering them back to sobriety. Often, and with a mixture of pre-trial interventions, probationary programs, parental support and other means, the mixture of penalties, tough love and serious treatment programs succeeds, as graduates of Drug Court regularly attest.

At times they don’t.

A Relapse

The reasons can seem innocuous at first, tragic in retrospect, like the way Stewart Marchman Behavioral Healthcare’s Project WARM in Bunnell, a program for recovering addicts, allowed Deangelis to go home for five days during the Hurricane Irma emergency in early September. Program staff allowed her to do so even though she was not fit for so much as a four-hour pass in normal circumstances, and even though there was no evacuation order applying to the facility, or any desire on her parents’ part to have her home. To the contrary. The Deangelis parents felt their daughter would be safer at the facility than at their home on the Intracoastal, particularly because of the fragility of her recovery.

It was during that “furlough” that Deangelis relapsed again, breaking rules of program eligibility and forfeiting her place there. Despite the dubious circumstances of her release from Project Warm during the hurricane, she was kicked back into the criminal justice side of the equation with more jail time, delays and uncertainty.

And at times the supportive programs don’t have the intended result for reasons Deangelis herself diagnosed with painful clarity days before her last overdose, in words she wrote from jail after that hurricane-days relapse, and in words that could have just as easily been part of a keynote speech at one of those Drug Court graduations. Had she lived-had she persevered-she might very well have delivered them in one form or another, revealing as they are to individuals struggling as she was.

She had been rearrested over what amounted to her latest probation violation on Sept. 21. On October 5, she sat down to write Circuit Judge Dennis Craig, who presides over Drug Court weekly.

“That Will Never Be Worth My Life”

“During my time sitting here in County Jail,” she printed in her straight-forward script, “I have had plenty of time to think about my decisions I’ve made in my life that have led me up to where I am at this moment in time and I wanted to share with you what I have learned about my relapse. I put myself in [an] awful position by even being around people who were using, people who I thought to be my ‘friends’ only to find out that it is not true at all. I’m going to be 100% completely honest with you. When I got arrested 5 months ago and pled out to drug court something inside me felt like I was missing out on the things I could be doing on the outside, therefore in the event of the hurricane I took full advantage of the situation which ultimately led to my demise. I regretted what I had done immediately! I had lost my 5 months of clean time and risked everything that I have been working hard for, for what? One last high… that will never be worth my life or my freedom and it truly took me having to relapse to really realize that.”

“I will no longer disappoint the courts, my family or myself.”

The letter is written with the desperate sincerity of someone surrounded by walls, but is also replete with the promises of someone who has been breaking promises repeatedly. The language reflects to what extent Deangelis had absorbed the mantras of Drug Court without applying them as successfully. She goes on to pledge to Craig that she is “willing to go above and beyond to excel” in Drug Court, her decision to write him personally being her first step, as she saw it. “I realize how completely out of control I was and the power my addiction had over me,” she wrote.

She spoke of all she had going for herself, the job she had with her father’s family business, how different she felt from fellow-inmates who are “obviously not living a recovery-based lifestyle as I am willing to do.” She had the benefit of supporting parents, who had themselves recently and regularly attended weekly classes at Stewart-Marchman Behavioral Healthcare to better understand “our addict,” as they described their daughter in a letter to the court. Even her sister attended.

She asked for “redemption.” She took responsibility. And she asked if she could speed up her release and appearance before Craig, pleading with him to note how long she had previously been away from her family-two months in jail and three in rehab at Project WARM, from where she was expelled after breaking rules during the Hurricane Irma furlough. She spoke of wanting to go home in Grand Haven before it is sold and helping her family “in cleaning the house and packing up all my memories and belongings.”

“After everything I have put everyone through I would sincerely love the opportunity to help my family,” Deangelis wrote on the fifth of her five-page, single-spaced letter, “and I believe that positivity would also be beneficial to my recovery. My hope in writing this letter is that you can see just how seriously I am going to take this opportunity.” Before finishing with a humorous line about her “dreadful” spelling, as she described it, she pledged: “I will no longer disappoint the courts, my family or myself. I am ready to prove myself in any way possible.”

Beginning of the Spiral

She had been arrested on Sept. 2, 2015, on Old Kings Road, when a Flagler County Sheriff’s deputy noticed her driving a vehicle with an expired tag. The deputy discovered that her license had been suspended a few months earlier over unpaid red-light camera traffic infractions. Pursuant to her arrest for knowingly driving on a suspended license, deputies then searched her purse and discovered prescription pills, without prescription, which led to a more thorough search of her car and the uncovering of additional pills. Before being taken to jail deputies asked her if she had anything else on her person, warning her that bringing contraband into the jail would result in an additional felony. She said she had nothing. But a deputy subsequently discovered a baggie hidden in her groin area, containing a syringe and other “common items used in intravenous narcotics use,” the arrest report states.

“This shit is killing young,beautiful people that I care about, and it’s not okay.”

Some charges were eventually dropped. For the rest she signed in November 2015 a pre-trial intervention contract, completion of which would lead to the remaining charges being dropped. But she violated her contract twice. She was placed on community control for a year, followed by what was to be three years’ probation. Last April, she violated her community control after an April test revealed she had cocaine, amphetamine and marijuana in her system, uses to which she admitted to her probation officer. She was rearrested on Sept. 21, just after midnight, at her home, on a probation violation.

It was never made clear why she had been released from Project Warm during the hurricane, the time period that led to her latest rule-breaking: it was never made clear to her parents whether she had been mandatorily sent home as a safety measure. In fact, county officials had ordered the mandatory evacuation of several health care facilities, but only those east of I-95, which Project Warm was not: Deangelis could have stayed there, and could have told her parents as much. She did not, leaving her parents perplexed “as to how it was to be expected that someone who was not yet even eligible for a 4 hour pass yet was expected to succeed in the outside world for 5 days,” as they wrote the court even as they conceded that Deangelis bore part of the responsibility for her dishonesty.

Inexplicably, when Deangelis had called her parents to speak about coming home during the hurricane, she was on speaker phone at her end, supervised by Stewart Marchman staff, who never, according to her parents, signaled that her release from the facility was mandatory, or that there were alternatives, leaving it to Deangelis-who was known to have honesty issues-to disclose the alternatives to her parents. She did not, suggesting a motive she had spoken of in her own letter to the judge when she was in jail: “Something inside me felt like I was missing out on the things I could be doing on the outside.”

Prompting Her Own Expulsion

And yet it was Deangelis’s ultimate honesty that contributed to her expulsion: it was she who admitted, when promoted by Stewart Marchman staff during a group meeting, to using drugs while on furlough, all but signing her own expulsion and re-arrest order.

Writing to the court, her parents said they would have advised their daughter to “stay put” at Stewart Marchman during the hurricane, since at any rate they lived on the Intracoastal, and the Bunnell facility was safer. “It is so frustrating to think that if not for a hurricane,” her parents wrote the court at the end of a remarkably restrained letter written in September, “Savannah would be safe and sound at WARM where she belongs. That being said our goal as a family is to reinstate Savannah into WARM when possible.”

Charles and Renée Deangelis concluded their letter to Judge Craig on a note they could not have intended to be as haunting as it now reads: “Though we can’t go back in time hopefully when we move forward we can have her reinstated into the program. We feel that it can save her life.”

Savannah Marie Deangelis died Monday morning at Florida Hospital Flagler.

Among the many tributes to her on her Facebook page, a friend noted: “She is a hero, her organ donations with give life to 7 Recipients who will receive a new lease on life.” Another wrote: “Pleading with those I love who are still suffering..Take a look around..the odds are stacked against you. This shit is killing young,beautiful people that I care about,and it’s not okay. We love you  Savannah..praying you up♥ ♥ ♥. ”

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46 Responses for “The Last Weeks of Savannah Deangelis, 23, Who Died Monday From an Opioid Overdose”

  1. South Florida says:

    Prayers to the family first and foremost.
    Its a terrible tragedy what has happened to this poor girl.
    I lost a family member due to street drugs and watched him suffer being an addict for 20 years.
    I’ve watched children of friends go through drug programs. They uneequivalocy said they would never do it again and went right back to it. Never put someone down as it could be you someday.

  2. OBS says:

    WARM is not a luxury rehab. During the hurricane the staff was limited because of their own family needs. If the girls had a place to go, they were allowed to go. If not, they had to stay. There is a requirement of a ratio of staff to clients.

  3. Resources available says:

    First, my condolences to savannah’s Family. No parent should have to bury a child. I’m very sorry for the loss of their daughter.

    Project warm has helped thousands of women and babies since they opened. Many of the staff spent the hurricane at the facility, worked tirelessly around the clock to care for their patients. They left their own families to do so. We have a massive opioid epidemic in this country. Maybe it is time we place blame on the person who sold her this deadly drug and hold him responsible?

    There are resources available to those who need it. Both SMA and Epic recovery offer low/no cost medication assisted treatment, including suboxone and vivtirol. Flagler Hospital in St. Augustine has an Outpatient program as well. Reach out. There is help available.

    RIP Savannah. I hope you have found peace from this terrible disease.

  4. Anonymous says:

    How sad. Stewart Marchman program is a big joke!! All people do there is learn more and make more connections. Living in the gated community of Grand Haven isn’t so secure since people like this may be letting their dealer thru the gates. That means anyone can get thru the gates! Think about that when you pay those big fat HOA dues on your next tax bill. RIP

  5. Anonymous says:

    Those who get caught with drugs should be helped…those who get caught selling drugs should get min of 20 years.

  6. Anonymous says:

    So sad. May the family of this young, beautiful girl find strength in God to help them through this. Yes it is a tragedy & a HUGE problem in the U.S. It’s a shame that her addiction took her instead of her taking her addiction.

  7. Reader0001 says:

    She was such a sweet person :( heartbroken for her family

  8. Zep says:

    It all starts and ends with Big Pharma and the Politicians. Opioids are designed to be so effective most people need another drug just to stop using them. It changes the way your brain is wired to the point where will power alone may not be enough to fight your way off of them but yet and still they’re handed out like candy. It’s not just young people thats addicted to them. I know of more than a few elderly locals that go into to straight panic mode if their supply runs low or they forget to take a pill. Many times the pain their experiencing isn’t from the pain they supposedly got the script for, it’s early withdrawal.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I don’t pity this—sorry but if you wanna do drugs and lock yourself in a bathroom then so be it–self weeding fools… and I know someone that died from inhalants-I don’t pity that person either

    rest in peace

  10. Someone who cares says:

    So sad to see such a beautiful soul taken from this world. Mental health and substance abuse is real and there needs to be more help. To anyone who has an uneducated opinion or judgement…there is only one person who can judge…🙏. She will forever be a beautiful angel living in peace. Prayers to her family and friends. My deepest condolences. To those who choose to write negativity, take a moment to realize the pain this family is dealing with. I️ can only speak nothing but love and truly pray for them during this difficult time.

  11. Screw Flagler says:

    20 yrs for selling drugs? But a child molester can just get probation… y’all so stupid

  12. Anonymous says:

    A sad ending. Prayers to the family.

  13. joe schmo says:

    My deepest sympathy to this family.

  14. jadobi says:

    It may sound cruel, I’m entitled to my opinion. People who decide to ingest these substances into their body know the illicit purpose, and know the risk they take. I do feel bad for the families who have to move on without their loved ones. There can be help out there, but the user has to want to change, you can’t force change on most people.

  15. carol says:

    Why is this a tragedy??? Was she run over by a vehicle? Or some explosion?
    No, she knew exactly what she was doing, Taking drugs, having a bliss getting high. Run ins with the law, re-offender. Lack of supervision from the parents. Guess the parents were too busy on other things. A sister and family members that looked the other way. This is the life style that many choose, they want to be “cool” and OD is the consequence. They do it with their own two hands. Was not an accident nor a tragedy. And yes, the truth is not pleasant all the time, but it is the truth. Not everyone is a pot head. Choose wisely the life style you want and how it will end.

  16. Just the truth says:

    I hope they find who delivered the drugs to her parents house, They need
    to be prosecuted,it won’t bring back a life but it may save someone else’s.

  17. r&r says:

    People selling drugs should get hard time in prison for a long time. Now they get a slap on the wrist and never see the inside of a cell. If the judges would do their job and put the dealers away it may send a message, that selling drugs will bring you hard prison time for a LOOOONG time.

  18. NYmomof2 says:

    My heart goes out to this family. Thank you for making the decision to donate to help save others.

  19. AnnieB says:

    Let’s stop giving away billions in aid to other countries and start taking better care of our country’s drug addicted, mentally ill, homeless, empoverished and especially our veterans. It’s a senselessly tragic end to what could have been and should have been a beautiful life for this girl.

  20. Mr G says:


  21. Trailer Bob says:

    My condolences to your family. I lost my nephew this year from drugs and depression, as well as FAS. There is absolutely not enough help for young people with mental or drug issues. Seem they have to kill or be killed to get the authorities attention. Everyone knows that it is illegal to sell drugs, so why do we let the revolving door continue to let them out with no real consequence? When I say drugs, I am not including weed, of course. Breaks my heart to read this story…so, so, sad.

  22. Sherry says:

    May the terrible pain of this tragedy be soothed by the loving compassion expressed in many of the comments here. There are lessons to be learned from such heart breaking, compelling stories.

    I’m always saddened to see words written by those in our community with such tortured souls that they are filled with judgement and down right hate. Where is the forgiveness and compassion that was taught by your religion? Those who self righteously “blame the victims” of drug addiction should take a good long look in the mirror and open their eyes to their own imperfections!

    Can we not do better as a community. . . as a nation? Shouldn’t we insist that our government:

    1. Punish pharmaceutical companies for bribing doctors to “push” their addictive pills
    2. Take away the license of any physician that “over prescribes” addictive drugs
    3. Stop treating ALL those addicted as “criminals”
    4. Fund many more rehabilitation/mental health facilities
    5. Prohibit the sale of guns to the drug addicted and mentally ill, and those on the “No Fly” list
    6. Require more drug education in all schools
    7. Keep those selling addictive “hard” drugs behind bars

    Shouldn’t we personally:

    1. Go through our own medicine cabinets and safely dispose of all addictive prescriptions that are no longer in proper use
    2. Talk openly to our kids about drug addiction and how to prevent it
    3. Politically support government leaders who actively work to prevent it and for rehabilitation, etc. etc..

  23. Let's Not Judge says:

    Addiction is a real disease that takes over a person’s mind and body, it affects the functioning of the brain, permanently and sometimes irreversibly. The problem with treatment is that in most situations it is voluntary and people may never decide they want to be off drugs because they can’t deal with the symptoms they feel or the emotional pain they feel when they’re not using and even when it’s is involuntary if the person has not had enough time to heal their brain and learn the necessary coping skills they will go back to using no ifs ands or buts about that. Unfortunately we are fighting a losing battle because even if you have good insurance, insurance companies are constantly finding ways to get people out of treatment so they don’t have to pay and people without insurance can rarely find a bed when they do decide that they might want to try to get clean. If you have never experienced or witnessed someone going through withdrawals you will never understand the drive to use again to make those symptoms go away. You cannot blame the person, the family, or the treatment center it is a systems problem. When as citizens we look the other way when we see someone abuse another person, talk down to their children, see someone who is depressed and do nothing to help, or as government leaders do not provide funding for beneficial treatment… we are all to blame. So please don’t stand in judgment. And for those of you who have successfully overcome your addiction, congratulations, that is probably the most difficult thing you will ever do in your entire life now reach out and help others so they can be a success too. And to the parents of Savannah, I offer my deepest condolences. How difficult it must be to lose a child, may God provide you with the peace that surpasses all understanding as you navigate through this traumatic time. And for those of you reading this who are struggling with addiction, get help, you can change, you can be healed not all of you need to lose your life to this disease. And to the community instead of standing in judgment how about pulling together and being part of the solution.

  24. woody says:

    Sad story and I see many that are getting the blame but there is really only one to blame.

  25. Warm girl says:

    SMA has helped me along with many other women. Some of which I had the pleasure of witnessing their recovery. I was there the day Savannah was discharged. The entire story is not being told. She was in Fact denying relapsing & had come back to the facility extremely high. Triggering fresh recoverying addicts. Savannah was discharged due to her inability to be honest or remorseful. She had tried to fake a UA & wasn’t able to keep hiding urine & finally tested positive. At that point she still refused any responsibility. I knew & cared for Savannah. It breaks my heart to see her pass, however she did not want to recover. This is no ones fault. It is the nature of the disease. U can only FORCE a person so much. As far as the drug dealer. “Those who choose to use are goina use” I have one question tho. Why was she released from jail without being forced into another rehab or even WARM (there is no better rehab). And one more thing Warm was not on a mandatory evacuation however they had to send as many of us home as possible in the case that Warm was forced to evacuate they would have enough vans to evacuate the girls that weren’t eligible to go home or had no home to go to or lived on the water. Which Savannah clearly wasn’t honest about. My counselor asked me if my home was on the water or a mobile home. Amanda Perez was Savannah’s counselor & Possibly could’ve been more thorough however there’s only so much a person can do for someone who doesn’t want to help themselves. God rest her troubled soul. I hope her death may save at least one struggling addicts life.

  26. Violet says:

    My daughter was friends with Savannah during high school. She tells me that Savannah came from a good, loving and caring family. She said Savannah was the sweetest girl and so funny. They hung out with the same crowd. This could have been my daughter. Luckily for me, for some reason, my daughter broke away from this crowd of friends and Savannah continued to hang with them. Savannah did not come from an abusive, uncaring, poor family. Parents take heed…your child’s friends can make all the difference in the world. And, once they turn 18, even before that, it is very difficult, if not impossible to control who they are with, where they go and what they do. When my daughter started going out in cars and on dates, I, unknown to her, placed a tracker on her cell phone. (They don’t go anywhere without their cell phone) As soon as she would leave, my laptop came out and I could see where she was the whole time. Yes, there were a couple times where she was somewhere she wasn’t suppose to be…I showed up!!! She eventually figured it out but I told her I will never apologize for keeping her safe, at least the best ways that I could. She is now a college graduate, married with two children. They own a home and I am so so glad she is safe. I am so so sorry that Savannah isn’t. This is truly tragic and my heart goes out to her parents, sister, other family and true friends. She should still be here.

  27. tim thoms says:

    rip..JESUS welcomes you home..

  28. Whida says:

    During the hurricane they had enuf room for all employeees their families and their own kids, even the ones who weren’t regular ones or work their all the time. Funny for that but patients had 2 leave? Strange.

  29. MannyHM says:

    Addiction is a cruel slave master. It will make you lie, then steal, then rob, then sell yourself, your sons and daughters to get that “last fix”. It will destroy you before it kills you. In therapy, it’s not surprising to hear that death might be preferable in order to escape this irresistible and deadly attraction. I still feel sad but not surprised anymore and I hate that I feel that way.

  30. Karen says:

    RIP dear Savannah. I am a family member and request people think before replying with negative comments. You are certainly entitled to your opinions but please, keep in mind if this were your daughter, sister, granddaughter, or niece how would you like someone to attack her Memory without knowing all the facts? I believe this article is intended to not only honor Savannah’s life but show the daily struggle and decline of addiction. It is a disease and it is simply not a lack of willpower or character. Sadly, the addiction whether it be drugs, alcohol, gambling, etc consumes the person. Imagine a hunger that can never be satisfied. The person’s life becomes centered around feeding that hunger constantly. No one sets out in life to become an addict and yes, deciding to experiment as a curious teenager can quickly spiral downward to this unfortunate ending. Addiction crosses all ages and social groups, it does not discriminate. So instead of passing judgement on others, let’s try to work toward a solution toward this horrible tragedy that claims too many lives.

  31. Outsider says:

    My heartfelt condolences go out to the parents of this young woman. May she rest In peace. That being said, I can’t understand why the majority of Floridians favor legalized marijuana. Sure, they say it’s medical marijuana, which I am not opposed to for those genuinely helped by it, but we all know it’s just a ruse to have recreational marijuana available, which will make it more accesible to kids. Why do we insist on making more drugs, alcohol included, easier for kids to get when this what happens to people, young and old? You are willing to risk our kids’ lives just so you can get stoned. How selfish is that? While there are no guarantees, the key is to keep teens occupied with activities that have a positive effect on their lives. And, whether they like it or not, you do have the right and obligation to say “no.” I know of a number of parents who actually smoke and drink with their kids. What a great example to set. Watch your kids and stay involved; our’s resisted at first, but now appreciate what we do for them, and have positive aspirations for their lives and are well on their way.

  32. Buylocal says:

    Carol your statements are just plain cruel to Mr. & Mrs. Deangelis

  33. Dave says:

    Marijuana brings down the level of opiods use, people only use opiods cause they are cheap, marijuana right now is 50 an 1/8 and it’s not great quality, people would rather smoke weed but it is so un avail be they jus do what ever they can get easy, which is opiods

  34. ASF says:

    I am so sorry to read about the loss of this young woman. But this is a lesson to us all. Recovering addicts should not be returned to the “people, places and things” that can trigger a relapse. I am sure that Savannah’s family and support system did everything they could think of for her, but sometimes an addict’s best chance for a full recovery comes from making a fresh, albeit highly supervised, start in a new place. Our current system for dealing with addiction doesn’t take this into account and it should. The other lesson often learned too late is that many addicts are battling Psychiatric as well as addiction issues. I don’t know whether this was the case in this instance, but when dually diagnosed addicts self-medicate and then have to give up whatever self-chosen substance(s) they felt (erroneously) were helping them to keep in control and not be tormented by their Brain-disorder, it is a sure prescription for a constant relapse on one part of the dual disorder or the other. Whatever the case may have been here, I am truly sorry to read of this young woman’s tragic death. R.I.P., Savannah.

  35. Christina says:

    Carol, I am Savannah’s sister. I am so saddened by your lack of empathy and your inability to put yourself in a grieving families shoes. No matter how you may feel about the addict themselves, either way, she has a loving family that is now mourning the loss of her – and all you can say are things to make the situation more painful. I hope if you ever deal with something so painful, people do not respond to you in the same way that you have responded to this. Anyone dying in ANY WAY is a tragedy. Whether it be drugs, suicide, murder, an accident. You should be ashamed:

  36. Sometimesiwonderwtf says:

    Getting off opiates is incredibly hard. Most ppl really have no idea. It cant be explained to someone thats not been there. Unfortunately someone sits in jail and their tolerance goes way down after so many days or weeks. Then they get out and try to do the same amount they were doing before and its way too much at that time. Most opiate od are shortly after release from jail or rehab. It sucks and its sad. Dont be a d**k, carol

  37. Marlboroman says:

    What’d I like to know is did other people get high on the break and where they put out too? Or just this girl? And who all of people stayed there during the storm? We’re people sent home cause of safety stuff cause if you sent home some why not all. How many people who work there? Others who didn’t? I get havin some people staff there, but how many and how many people (patiens) stayed? This place gets tax money prob, shouldn’t that info be available?

  38. No name- says:

    Show some fucking respect to this family who just lost their daughter/ sister/ loved one. You’re not in this situation, and have no idea what her parents did or didn’t do. Your entitled to your opinions, but until you yourself have gone through it you have no idea what its like, or what this family is going through. They didn’t turn the other way when their child needed help. They did what they could do for her. In certain you do t know this family personally… I do know her sister Christina and happen to know they are great people. And right now they are going through a very difficult time. So keep your nasty ass comments to yourself, or do Not say anything at all.
    You aren’t the one in this situation.

  39. No name- says:

    I’m certain you do not know this family personally***
    Show some respect for this family, and the grieving they are going through with losing this young beautiful girl. No parent should have to go through this. And again your comments are disgusting.

  40. WARM IS GREAT says:

    WARM has and will continue to save many lives! However, many more lives can be saved if the Organization take a deeper look at the way the facility is ran. The head of the facility is a joke. She is very vindictive and once a client gets on her bad side she has it in for them same for her staff.
    That young lady along with others should have never been sent home! The Vice-president allowed this unwarranted evacuation to take place. Along with other foolish practices that is allowed. A full investigation of WARM operations and unwritten rules should be done.

  41. Fishyaf says:

    Sad for the loss to the family. Bottom line, if that where my kid, I’d tear that place apart for answers. Still unclear from the story why exactly she had to leave during the storm? What were the reasons others stayed? And what staff stayed there? No answers from them i see…

  42. Blonde lady says:

    I understand sending people home for safety and such. But then it’s my understanding staff and there kids and there boyfriend’s, girlfriends, wifes, husbands, even there friends used that place like a personal shelter cause it had food, water, and a generator, but then they send those folks home. But hey what do I know?

  43. Dana DeAngelis says:

    If you believe that this is not a disease or that she had complete control over what she did, you are an ignorant person who must not know anyone who has suffered with addiction. However, it is far more egregious that you choose this forum to air your compassionless opinion.

  44. Blonde lady says:

    It’s sad what warm could be and what the reality is. Poor oversight, bosses that are never there, four day weekends for staff are the norm. It’s pretty much chaos all day every day and itd b great if someone ever saw that. There’s a reason for the turnover in people that work there.

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