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October 12, 2016

75 attend candlelight vigil in battle against heroin

About 75 people gathered Wednesday night in Warrenton for a candlelight vigil to remember local citizens who’ve died of heroin overdoses.

Sponsored by The Travis Project, the Come As You Are Coalition and Families Overcoming Drug Addiction, the event took place on Courthouse Square.

Warrenton resident Linda Franklin shared the struggle of her son Cain, who died of an overdose July 17, 2015.

Mrs. Franklin described a highly intelligent, gregarious and athletic young man whose life spiraled to a terrible end.

“Cain’s personality was larger than life,” she said. “He could carry on conversations with anyone, no matter their age, and had a contagious smile. Despite Cain’s popularity and leader persona in school, he always befriended the underdog. He also taught himself how to play the guitar and in weeks, he was writing his own songs.”

Mr. Franklin’s downfall started with alcohol and marijuana, according to his mother.

Eventually, he stole to support his heroin habit. He died four days before anyone discovered his body.

After his death, Mrs. Franklin felt shunned.

“I realized that if he'd died of cancer, or in a car crash, I'd be getting casseroles; but nobody brought food.”

Mrs. Franklin said she didn’t expect to have the courage to speak Wednesday night.

But, she concluded: “I want the stigma to end.”

Sheriff Bob Mosier also spoke of the families he has met through the struggle. The program included prayer, music and food.

Fifteen people have died of drug overdoses so far this year in Fauquier County. Warrenton police have investigated three overdoses — none fatal — in the last two days.
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Linda Franklin · October 14, 2016 at 6:28 am
I couldn't be happier that the vigil against heroin was featured. I was, however, surprised to see myself quoted. One of the police officers involved in our battle did ask me if it would be alright if someone from the press could interview me and I wrote down my name and phone number. The next morning a friend told me to look at Fauquier now. I feel many of my quotes were taken out of context, painting a different light on certain aspects of my story as the mother of a heroin addict who died. I was not asked if I could be quoted and I feel the whole story should be told. On the other hand, despite my objections as to content, I am thrilled to get the story out so that it may benefit others. I speak for my son who would want his story told. BTW, I was also referred to once as "Mrs. Cain" Linda Franklin-mother of Cain Franklin
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