TEMPLETON — Hundreds of people gathered around the Templeton Park gazebo on Saturday, celebrating the life, and morning the death, of Dylan Michael Bice, who lost his life on July 16 to a heroin overdose.
The tragedy struck a chord with members of the community, and emotions poured from the gazebo stage as people spoke out for Bice, and against the drug that took his life.
The service was held by the senior pastor of Refuge Church, Steve Shively, who spoke out strongly against the drug dealers in the community, echoing many sentiments from Bice’s father Don.
Tears flowed as heartfelt messages were sent from the top of the stairs, but none were as powerful as the words of Bice himself. Bice’s mother took the microphone and read the words of her deceased son from a letter he had written to her.
The letter explained Bice’s powerlessness over his drug addiction, in his own words, with a clarity and honestly that comes from first-hand experience.
Bice’s father followed with a few words, choking back tears, but could not finish whatever it was he meant to say.
“My son said it quite well,” Bice’s father said later, “for being in the middle of an addiction to the degree that he was, and to have that kind of clarity about what the drug is, how powerful it is, what it means to him, what kind of tool it is — it is a coping mechanism, a hiding place, or whatever those issues are. That breaks my heart as well, because he was so intelligent.” Several others followed, including mayoral candidate Charles Scovell, and members of Bice’s family, each delivering a tailored message attempting to make sense of the scope of the tragedy.
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