Family wants son’s death to aid others

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Posted: August 27, 2013

The Winchester Star

Members of Derek Sprouse’s family pose with photographs of Derek, who recently died of a heroin overdose. Pictured from left are sisters Rileigh Borden, 13, Lexi Borden, 12, his mother, Terri Nelson, and sister, Lauren Welbon. (Photo by Ginger Perry/The Winchester Star)
Terri Nelson sits on the front porch of her Stephens City home. The guitar belonged to her son, Derek Sprouse, who died Aug. 17 of a heroin overdose. He liked playing his guitar on the porch. (Photo by Ginger Perry/The Winchester Star)
In this family photo, Derek Sprouse is pictured with his sister, Lauren Welbon.

WINCHESTER — Terri Nelson wasn’t ready to let go when she found her son dead of a heroin overdose on Aug. 17.

“I overplay it in my mind, the screaming, the disbelief,” she said, tears starting to...



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