“Self Medicating” Leads to Two Deaths
Posted by Childress on July 19, 2006
Rollie Morgan was self-medicating, his father said.
“These pills, marijuana and beer will just take you down the tubes. Those things made him into something I didn’t recognize.”
What sort of things? Horrible things:
Only seconds before he died, Rollie Morgan ran into his house carrying the .22-caliber rifle his father, Richard, futilely tried to wrestle away hours earlier.
The 18-year-old told his father: “I just shot Tara. We need to take her to the hospital.”
Morgan reloaded the rifle and sprinted to the car where his on-again, off-again girlfriend, Tara Lowery-Stevens, 19, lay wounded, if not dead.
As his father watched, Morgan fired at least nine more shots into her head and upper body through the shattered passenger-side window.
He then sat behind the steering wheel and looked toward the body. “I love you, Tara,” he said.
Morgan placed the rifle between his feet, inserted the muzzle in his mouth, reached down and pulled the trigger.
Rollie was definitely a troubled kid. But what he needed was help and professionally prescribed medications. What he opted for was self-medication: drugs and booze.
His dad has a wish:
“I hope other kids learn from mine.”