Dad hits out at ‘supplier vultures’ after heroin loss of life – ITV Information
The father of a young man who collapsed and died in a café in Belfast after taking heroin told the UTV drug dealers that they were "vultures" killing those who to hang on deadly drugs.
Christopher Connor's son Aaron was just 21 years old when he died after five years of fighting addiction.
Frenzied Staff tried to help the young man, but his body was already shut down.
Aaron leaves a broken-hearted family – and a young daughter, only seven months old.
His disturbed father now sets aside his own grief to demand that more be done to fight drugs on Northern Ireland's streets and to urge addicts to try to get clean.
"We do not want another family to go through what we're going through," he said.
"We have not even started to mourn – I'm scared to grieve because the pain I'm having right now is too scary, last night I did not want to close my eyes because I did not want to see him."
Aaron's older brother Paul has also been struggling with substance abuse in the past, but he has been clean for six years and hopefully hoped his sibling will turn a corner.
"He went through exactly what I did," he said, adding that he just wanted stability and happiness for his little brother.
"Long-term luck is not to need anyone to pull you down that uses you."
Increasing availability of heroin has been a problem in Northern Ireland for some time.
Aaron's family reported that he had spoken of being able to buy the deadly opioid for only £ 5, purposely sold so cheaply to seduce the people.
"It devastated me – absolutely ruined," Christopher said about his son's loss.
"My boy … He's just a kid, just a kid."