The scene in front of the Whitney Applied Technology Center was striking: rows of wooden tombstones, each representing a person whose death was related to heroin use. The display was created by a man who knows all to well the pain of losing a loved one to heroin.
Kevin Jones’ stepdaughter, Jessica Gentile was rushed to the Auburn Community Hospital May 8, 2013 after she was found unresponsive. She died due to an overdose at the age of 25.
Since that day Jones has directed his energy toward educating others about the dangers of heroin. He built each of the 100 gravestones and put messages on them detailing how each person lost his or her life. Jones brought his display to campus in November and left it up for an entire week. On Friday, November 13 Jones spent part of his day on campus at a table in the Gordon Student Center. Passersby could learn more about his story and get information on treatment for drug use.
The event was sponsored by the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement.