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How grieving Virginia mother plans to honor her son: 'He should still be here'

'He should still be here'
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Posted at 8:03 PM, Nov 27, 2022
and last updated 2022-11-27 20:04:01-05

GLOUCESTER COUNTY, Va. — Synthetic opioids like fentanyl continue to plague Virginia. In 2021, more than 107,000 Americans died from a drug overdose. Of those 66% were linked to a synthetic opioid like fentanyl.

Gloucester mother Donna Hayes' son is part of that statistic.

“He had a lot of people who loved him and he should still be here,” Hayes said.

Donna Haynes is talking about her son. Jonathon Hogge is forever 31. He died of fentanyl poisoning last September.

"I don’t know what he was given. I don’t know if I’ll ever know but it was laced with fentanyl and that took my son away,” she said.

Haynes is now left with pictures, memories, and a small garden honoring Jonathon.

“A part of me went with him when he died, and I’m fine with that because I’ll always be with him,” Haynes tells us.

Haynes says she's planning on creating a foundation in her son's name to raise awareness about the dangers of fentanyl.

“I just pray that justice will be done one day, because it’s gotta stop," she said.

Another face, another family, morning their loved one.

"It's gotta stop," Haynes said.

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