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22-year-old Santa Clarita Valley woman dies of heroin overdose

Posted: October 10, 2012 7:17 p.m.
Updated: October 10, 2012 7:17 p.m.

A young woman died of an apparent heroin overdose Wednesday morning, leaving family members in the Santa Clarita Valley reeling with grief.

“It’s amazing how many people have reached out to us today,” said Chuck Coulter, older brother of 22-year-old Carlie Coulter, who was found dead in a hotel room Wednesday.

“So many people love her,” he said, stopping in his recollection of her and crying.

On Wednesday morning, investigators with the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Department were called to a hotel in the Santa Clarita Valley on a report of a possible overdose, said spokesman Lt. Fred Corral.

Coulter’s friends and relatives converged on the family’s home Wednesday, shocked and gripped with grief, said the young woman’s brother. Coulter had attended Bowman High School and before that Hart High School.

“She was so good to our little sister,” he said.

When asked the circumstances leading up to her death, Coulter said: “Insecurities got to her.”

He said his sister had “been clean for awhile but had a couple of recent bouts” with drugs.

“She was an old soul,” he said.

“She loved to party, but the number one thing she preferred was to watch old Laurel and Hardy shows,” he said, describing his sister as someone who loved to dance and perform.

In the last year, at least six young adults from the Santa Clarita Valley, described as in their early 20s, have died from heroin overdoses, said Santa Clarita city spokesman Evan Thomason, who organized a public meeting about heroin in August.




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