Editor’s Note: The headline of this story has been edited to reflect there were two teen overdoses. We apologize for the error.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — A 17-year-old has been charged in relation to the overdose of two teens in 2022, according to the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office.
Shannon Praylor, Jr. is charged with manslaughter in the second degree, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree, and assault in the second degree.
Prosecutors say these charges are in relation to the death of 19-year-old Pittsford native Paige Gibbons, and the overdose of another teenager between November 19, 2022, and November 20, 2022.
Praylor, Jr. is currently being held on $25,000 cash, $50,000 bond, or $150,000 partially secured bond.
“(I’m) just sort of devastated all over again,” said Kate Gibbons, Paige’s mother. Her thoughts now with this arrest are understandably varied.
“I feel mixed emotions. I want to be a good human being and not wish bad things for people, but, I also don’t want this drug dealer to get off unscathed,” she said.
Thinking of that day just before Thanksgiving, Gibbons recalls the ring of the doorbell and two sheriff’s deputies in the entryway. She was incredulous.
“They said that my daughter Paige had overdosed (on fentanyl)… and died. And none of the words really made sense,” she said.
Gibbons said Paige had a spirit of service about her. Using that as motivation, the Gibbons are on a crusade to save other young people… using public engagements, television, and social media.
“We don’t want this to happen to another family,” she said.
Since Paige’s death, the Gibbons family has been dedicated to increasing awareness of the dangers of fentanyl. In June, Nazareth University worked with the family of Gibbons alongside the Monroe County Task Force to hold an event.
With fentanyl being found in more and more things, Gibbons says for anyone offered any drugs they’re unsure of, “Don’t take it. Absolutely don’t take it.”
Also, be aware of who is in your social circle. “Your drug dealer is not your friend. You cannot trust your drug dealer,” she said.
Praylor, Jr. is scheduled to be back in court on September 8.