A devastated Colorado family is mourning the loss of a 13-year-old boy they say died from an accidental overdose of fentanyl.
Margarita Flores Velasquez choked back tears when she described how her grandson was sitting in a bathroom sink, early Wednesday morning.
“I’m shattered, I’m hurt, I’ve cried like you could never imagine,” Flores-Velasquez told KCNC-TV. “I said ‘Jose, Jose, I tried moving him. He was limp, cold, his mouth and fingers were purple.”
The boy had just started eighth grade at Aurora Hills Middle School on Tuesday, his family said. He was found dead the next day. Jose was believed to have taken fentanyl from another student, according to his relatives.
“He seemed OK,”Abisaid Hernandez was his uncle. “There was no history of him doing any types of drugs or anything like that. I think it was just the crowd he decided to hang out with, and maybe them thinking it was good to tell him ‘hey maybe try this out.'”
Jose loved to skateboard and his family shared that he had an easy smile.
The boy had two younger siblings that he and his uncle helped care for.
“We would stay with them, change their diapers, they are like my little babies,” Hernandez said. “It really, really hurts to lose him. He had his life ahead of him. He had all these amazing ideas.”
Jose and his siblings had been living with their grandmother, after their mother had been deported to Mexico.
The autopsy results are still being analyzed by the family to determine the cause of death. Aurora Police Department stated that it was still investigating the death of the boy, but declined to comment as the investigation is ongoing.
A GoFundMeHis grandmother has established a fund to pay funeral expenses.
“My desire is to provide a proper burial for my grandson. I am a grandmother raising three grandchildren. This unexpected loss is an extreme hardship to my family and me,”She wrote on the fundraising website.
Jose’s mother has applied for a temporary visa to allow her son to return home to Colorado. A funeral will be held on August 26.