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On August 22, Tracy Moe plans to return to the same Santee neighborhood where her seventeen-year -old daughter, Kelsea Lyn, died from a methadone overdose in 2006. Moe's return marks 5 years since her daughter complained to a friend's mother about a sore throat and stiff back; five years since the mother, Laura Wion, handed Kelsea a pill-bottle with a mixture of methadone and penicillin. Moe will hold a candlelight vigil to honor her daughter.

In the five years since Kelsea's death, Wion has since been sentenced to four to six years in prison for giving the prescription pills to the teen. She is now free after serving three years.

"[It is] very frustrating," writes Moe in a August 10 email.

"[The vigil] is a reminder of the beautiful life Kelsea had, but also is a reminder of what can happen if you choose to dispense your own medication to someone other than yourself, death. I hate that word. But not only death to the victim but also to the family and friends of someone so needlessly taken away.

The vigil will take place on Mast Boulevard in Santee at 7:30 pm.


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