Mother shares message after drug dealer arrested for daughter’s overdose

The state attorney’s office is charging a woman with murder in a drug-overdose death for the first time in Charlotte County. The sheriff’s office arrested Lacey Jayne Shaver, 32, after investigators say she sold drugs to Erin Clevenger before she lost consciousness and died.

Erin Clevenger. Credit: Shared with WINK News.

We spoke to Erin’s mother about what this means for her and her family.

Last summer, Kelly Hall received a knock on her door she never expected and can’t forget.

“I would never have thought, but they said, ‘Your daughter is dead,’” Hall explained.

Police went to tell Hall her daughter, 31-year-old Erin Clevenger, had died of a drug overdose.

Hall had to break the news to Erin’s teenage daughter.

“That was very hard, very hard,” Hall said. “And since that, not a day goes by that I don’t miss her.”

Now, Hall’s family is celebrating a small victory.

Tuesday, a grand jury indicted Shaver for murder. Investigators say Shaver gave Erin the needle filled with fentanyl and methamphetamine that killed her.

It’s the first time in Charlotte County someone has been charged with murder for a deadly overdose.

“If you have any child that is addicted to any kind of drugs, it’s killing people,” Hall said. “Get them help. Get them help right away. There’s tons of places out there that will help them.”

Hall said she appreciates the dedication and hard work of the sheriff’s office and Det. Shawn Preston for bringing a little bit of closure to her daughter’s case.

Hall hopes her daughter’s story sends a message to dealers.

“This can happen to you, not only Lacey Shaver,” Hall warned.

Reporter:Taylor Petras
Writer:Jack Lowenstein
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