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I Look Through The Tunnel Looking For Light But All I See Is Night

Rickey Stokes

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Date: Mar 19 2014 9:15 AM

MORRIS, Alabama -- Darryl Burrell knew even before he frantically began CPR on his son Jeremy that he was already gone.

"He was blue," Darryl said of Jeremy's coloration. "But I tried and kept trying to get him back because that is what a dad does. But I knew, I knew."

That was the night of Oct. 9, 2011.

Jeremy was 29.

Even as Darryl worked on Jeremy's lifeless body, and even as his mother, Wanda, called 911, and his younger sister, Jennifer, waited terrified outside Jeremy's room, they all knew what had happened to their son and brother.

It had happened before.

Jeremy had overdosed on heroin.

He had done it three previous times, his parents said.

"The first time a friend found him in his car and brought him back with CPR," Darryl told me. "The other two times he was taken to emergency rooms in time," Wanda added.

"This was the fourth time. It was the last time," Darryl said as he paused to hold his emotions together remembering a night that was a decade in the making.

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