16 years old died of a suspected drug overdose in Port Moody

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16 years old Gwynevere Staddon died in a Port Moody Starbucks of a suspected drug overdose over last weekend. And Coquitlam mother Michelle Jansen is only too familiar with fentanyl’s deadly wake, on March 7, her middle son Brandon died of a fentanyl overdose at age 20. On Sunday, her youngest son Nick’s girlfriend, Gwynevere Staddon, died in a Port Moody Starbucks of a suspected drug overdose at age 16.

Although, police said there was drug paraphernalia and a small amount of drugs at the scene, they couldn’t immediately confirm if fentanyl — which is indiscriminately killing both entrenched street users and casual users from the suburbs — was involved in the suspected overdose.

The B.C. Coroners Service is investigating, but hasn’t yet officially released the girl’s name.

“It would have been her 17th birthday on Aug. 20,” said Jansen of Gwynevere Staddon, who she last saw a few weeks ago.

Gwynevere Staddon, 16, died in a Port Moody Starbucks of a suspected drug overdose on Aug. 7. For Brian Morton story on Aug. 10, 2016. [PNG Merlin Archive]
Gwynevere Staddon, 16, died in a Port Moody Starbucks of a suspected drug overdose on Aug. 7.

“She came from a good family. She was very articulate, very kind, very sweet, very angelic, and she had an amazing sense of humour. She had just graduated and taught gymnastics and did a lot of work with young kids until the drug addiction took over. And she had a photographic memory and could recite Obama’s speeches word-for-word. She was very well spoken, very, very smart. She knew the dangers of the drugs she was using, however, she thought it wouldn’t happen to her.”

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