Luke Wideman, boy killed by overdose; Suspect now faces charges (CBS 2)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A boy who was killed by an apparent heroin overdose was remembered Friday.

The family is speaking out after saying goodbye to the 11-year-old boy.

As CBS2’s Hazel Sanchez reported, earlier this week the family said goodbye to the devastated boy.

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On Tuesday, police said he took a large needle to his right eye, turned it into an injection and died. His parents say the world is a much sadder place without their kid.

“I never thought in a million years that he would do anything like that,” said Luke’s father, Greg Wideman.

Luke’s mom Laura Wideman said the way he died was unimaginable.

“I don’t even understand. If anything was an accident it wasn’t intentional,” she said.

To say the deaths of 9 children and 11 teens from heroin overdoses in the last two months, nationwide is not surprising. The crisis is particularly rampant in the Northeast, and the hope is to prevent other children and teens from growing up to be just like Luke.

“He was only 11, a beautiful child. We are devastated,” Greg Wideman said.

Luke Wideman’s uncle, Willie McLemore, said talking about Luke’s death is difficult.

“This is like the worst feeling to say goodbye to my nephew. I have lost my best friend,” McLemore said.

To show Luke’s life in song, friends created an online site and there are songs from around the world written for him.

Meanwhile, authorities said little Luke will be remembered for such sweet moments as dancing with strangers, wearing a cowboy hat and practicing guitar.

It is too soon to tell if the alleged dealer will be charged with intent to sell.