A photo of Blackman High School graduate Brandon Fraser, taken a few months before he passed away. COURTESY PHOTO
Fourth Congressional District candidate Steven Reynolds and his wife Shelley are trying to shine a light on the national opioid crisis nearly two years after her son died of an overdose.
Brandon Fraser, a Blackman High graduate, left a troubled life in Murfreesboro and moved to St. Petersburg, Fla., in 2014 where he was working full time, exercising regularly at a gym and had just gotten his own apartment in late November 2015 when disaster struck, according to the Reynolds.
“He had planned to come up to visit us. Everything was going really good in his life and on the beach, and he was loving life. About two weeks after …,” Steven trails off.
“Dec. 3, I got a knock on the door at 3 o’clock in the morning,” Shelley says, starting to tear up as she recalls the pain of hearing police tell her the news. Her son had been found dead in his apartment from cardiac arrest.