He thought he could beat heroin on his own. But he died trying, family says

Two days after her great-nephew was found dead in an overgrown lot in Vineland, Darlene Whilden said the child she raised was a sweet, smart kid who liked to fish and swim with his friends.

But then he found heroin.

“I tried to be a good parent to him and tell him how much I loved him. And it never helped, because he loved it too much,” she said of the drug.

Michael G. Whilden, 20, was found dead in the area of North 6th Street and East Park Avenue Thursday afternoon, according to police.

Whilden’s cause of death has not been …read more

Source: NJ.com Cumberland

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