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October 10, 2018

Candlelight vigil will honor those killed by drugs

File Photo/Lawrence Emerson
About 75 people attended the first vigil in October 2016 — the year in which a record 22 people died of overdoses in Fauquier. So far this year, the sheriff’s office has investigated 12 overdose deaths.
The stigma is real and it drives families to isolation, as well as the addict. I don’t want anyone ever feeling like they have to go through this alone.
— Elizabeth “Libby” McAuliffe, whose son died of an overdose last year
A candlelight vigil to remember “those who have lost the battle with addiction” will take place Wednesday, Oct. 10, in downtown Warrenton.

The event will begin at 7 p.m. on Courthouse Square.

Powell Duggan, Warrenton’s former mayor, will deliver the keynote remarks. Mr. Duggan’s 38-year-old son Dan died of an overdose in March 2015.

Sheriff Bob Mosier and Warrenton Police Chaplain Wally Smith also will speak.

The Travis Project, Families Overcoming Drug Addiction, the Come As You Are Coalition and SpiritWorks have organized the vigil. The first such event in Fauquier took place two years ago.

The Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office has investigated 51 drug overdoses — including 12 deaths — so far this year.

Drug overdoses killed eight people in Fauquier last year, a dramatic decline from a record 22 fatalities in 2016.

“My son (Ben) passed away November 13, 2017,” said Elizabeth “Libby” McAuliffe, one of the volunteers organizing the vigil. “He struggled for 10 years, and if I had the support and resources to help him during this time, maybe he would still be here.

“The stigma is real and it drives families to isolation, as well as the addict,” Ms. McAuliffe added. “I don’t want anyone ever feeling like they have to go through this alone. We need to rethink how we look at addiction if we are going to tackle this problem.” 

About 75 people attended the first vigil in October 2016.

Candlelight Vigil 2018 by on Scribd

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