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Louisville mother celebrates late son's birthday by calling attention to heroin epidemic

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Vigil held for Snodgrass on Sunday on Lees Lane Vigil held for Snodgrass on Sunday on Lees Lane

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- As he grew up, Christopher Snodgrass loved working on cars and anything else with a motor.

With the birth of his daughter though, his priorities seemed to shift.

“That was his world. When she was born, that was just his life. That was his every day,” described Christopher’s mother, Rhonda Snodgrass.

At just three months old, A’Mya Marie suddenly passed away. That’s when Rhonda Snodgrass says her son’s focus changed again.

“He got mixed up with the wrong crowd and got into this heroin which took everything from him,” Rhonda Snodgrass said. “Chris used to tell me, you know mom, you don’t understand. You don’t understand the pain. It takes the pain away. It takes the pain away.”

In May, Christopher Snodgrass died at the age of 20. His mother says it was the result of a heroin overdose.

Sunday would have been his 21st birthday.

To mark the day, loved ones gathered on Lees Lane. It’s an area that his family members and his pastor say has been overrun with heroin and other drugs.

“There’s some days in our little area here where they’re making 7 or 8 OD runs. The sad thing about it is the run they make in the morning, they’re making the same run in the afternoon,” said Pastor Tim Hartlage with Southwest Church.

“These kids, it’s like they’re passing it out like it’s a candy store,” Rhonda Snodgrass said. “It’s just time somebody got ahold of this. Get control on this.”

The priority for family and friends of Christopher Snodgrass is now to call attention to the growing problem of heroin overdoses, while also mourning a life lost.

“Folks out there that are dealing with it, that’s the message we want to send to them today. There’s always hope. If you’re using, don’t give up. Get the help that you need,” said Pastor Hartlage.

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