The following are the faces of fatal suburban heroin overdoses. Families remember their sons and daughters ...
The non-profit organization, Open Heart, Open Eyes, was started in his memory.
Video: John's mother on his heroin use and death
Above all things, he loved hip hop music. The connection he had with the lyrics and stories told by his favorite artists -- Notorious B.I.G, Lil Wayne, Wu Tang Clan, 2Pac moved him. He was always a big athlete - basketball and football were his favorites and the ones he continued playing throughout high school.
Brian had an unwavering positive outlook on life and a wide range of interests. At one time he wanted to be an architect, a businessman, or an EMT and never doubted he could accomplish his goals. But most of all he wanted to be a good father (his daughter was born seven months after he died), a loving son and supportive brother.
His sister says Jeremy loved kids and was the best uncle to their brother's boys. He also worked with kids as a lifeguard and swim teacher at the YMCA in Vernon Hills for a few years.
"Jeremy loved to cook and was always taking notes from his mother and grandmother on their Puerto Rican dishes so that he could get them perfect. He was very proud to be 50 percent Puerto Rican! (Although with dirty blonde hair and blue eyes you would never have guessed!)" says his sister.
He was a great writer. He wrote poems and song lyrics. And he could play the guitar. Overall, Jeremy was a really sweet, compassionate, gentle and kind-hearted young man who was loved by everyone he met.
His family created Nicholas' Gift of Hope to promote drug awareness and prevention.
His father is a co-founder of HERO Foundation: The Heroin Epidemic Relief Organization. The foundation was created following the deaths of Billy and his friend, Matthew Kirk, in 2009, to bring attention to the growing heroin problem in their community.
His father is a co-founder of HERO Foundation: The Heroin Epidemic Relief Organization. The foundation was created following the deaths of Matthew and his friend, Billy Roberts, in 2009, to bring attention to the growing heroin problem in their community.
Owen studied to become a professional welder and was employed by Star Con International at Citgo Oil Refinery in Lemont. He was also taking classes to further his career.
His mother says he cherished his brothers and sister and would always tell her it was his goal to set a great example for them. After struggling with addiction, when Mike was sober he wanted to go to school to become a counselor to help others with their addiction. Sadly he never got that chance.
Kaitlyn was a vivacious girl whose interests were as varied as her personality. She participated in multiple school activities including being part of the choir and learning to play guitar when she was younger. Her mother says Kaitlyn's friends often looked to her for help and guidance, and she was always there to help them the best she could. Kaitlyn was definitely older than her years in many ways, but she always had a playful sense of humor.
He especially loved to go frolfing (Frisbee golfing) and had a dream of owning a tricked-out van with 26 inch rims or bigger if he could get away with it -- sort of like the Scooby-Doo Mystery Machine.
According to her mother, Breanna enjoyed spending time with her friends shopping. She had a compassionate heart and was taking classes in the medical field. Tragically, in 2009, Breanna passed away the first time she tried heroin. "Our hearts are broken without her."
In the wake of his death, Louie's family established the LTM Foundation to bring awareness to the devastating effects of heroin.
His parents say he was very much interested in football and had big dreams of becoming a successful investment banker.
According to his father, Billy always said he enjoyed helping others and would rather be a counselor.