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February 3, 2013

DEADLY DOPE: Heroin deaths hit Weatherford hard

A story of three local men whose addictions cost them their lives


“Michael tried desperately to fight his addiction,” Lowrance’s family said in a statement. “His trouble with drugs began with the sudden passing of his beloved sister, Lindsey, in 2004. Lindsey was only 19 years old when she passed away. At 15 [years old], Michael was hit very hard by her death. In fact, he was a lost soul after her passing.”

On Oct. 19, Lowrance died at his home in Aledo. The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled his death an accident due to mixed drug toxicity. They reported finding heroin, methamphetamine, codeine and alprazolam in his system.

During his fight with addiction, his family supported him, realizing that “there is no easy path for those who struggle with addiction,” his family wrote, adding that they pray “his early passing could be a warning to others and hope that his story helps at least one other family in the community.”

Sean Briggs

Intelligent and athletic, Sean Philip Briggs had a strong Christian faith, a compassionate nature and many friends, his family said.

“He loved children, people who were the underdog,” his mother, Kathy Briggs said.

A good-looking young man with big blue eyes and a bright smile, his family jokes that he left many broken hearts in Parker County.

Briggs grew up in Weatherford, playing football and baseball during high school and going to camp and doing other activities with the youth group at First Baptist Church of Weatherford.

He’d also taken his young niece, who didn’t have a father in her life, under his wing, his family said.

At the time of his death, he was working at a local restaurant and attending Weatherford College.

One course shy of completing the requirements to obtain an associates degree, Briggs planned to transfer and obtain a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

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