By JOHN MATUSZAK/The Herald-Palladium (St. Joseph)
ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) – Carol Stockman’s grandson seemed to be steadily on the road to recovery from heroin addiction.
They were especially close, and shared the same birthday, Jan. 14.
“He was always willing to come over and do whatever grandma asked him to do,” Stockman said of her grandson, Sam Stockman, a Lakeshore High School graduate.
He was living next door to her, on the family farm, and was only two courses away from earning a degree in agriculture from Michigan State University. His plans included building a winery, according to The Herald-Palladium.
His drug addiction had threatened to ruin his future, but he sought treatment and had been clean for an extended period.
“He’d tell me, `Yeah, Grandma, I’m doing well,”‘ Stockman said.
But on Sept. 13 last year, he relapsed and died of an overdose. He was 24.
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