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Parents Mourn Overdose Deaths of Two Sons at Greers Ferry Lake

'It's killing people, and it's all over'

CLEBURNE COUNTY, Ark. - Photos show a good time.

T.J. Grigsby, 25, and J.C. Yawn, 31, were all smiles for Memorial Day weekend at Greers Ferry lake.

"T.J. and J.C. were so close," Tammy Yawn, T.J.'s mother says.

But, one month later emotions run high.

"I'm so hurt," Yawn says.

 She says her family trip took a concerning turn when a cousin showed up with a suspicious substance.

Tammy told him to toss it.

"He threw it away," Yawn says.

"No more was said about it."

Tammy and her husband, Cliff, who is J.C.'s day, hit the water. Half an hour later when they returned to their picnic table, the two brothers were lying unresponsive.

"I said that stuff, what was that stuff?!" Yawn says.

The family says authorities at the scene moved too slow. When a Cleburne county sheriff's deputy arrived, the deputy shot a dose of Narcan into the cousin, who survived.

The brothers, T.J. and J.C., died at the hospital.

The Cleburne County Sheriff's Office believes the boys might have used fentanyl, which was a complete surprise to Tammy and Cliff..

"They were good kids," Yawn says.

Now, the couple hopes their story makes others think twice.

"I don't want another boy to do it. I don't want somebody else to say 'Here let's try this.'" Yawn says.

"It's killing people, and it's all over."


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