A short while later, she was pronounced dead at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital.
“There is evil in the world and evil got her,” Dudek said.
The family celebrated the teens life on Wednesday, while praying authorities continue to crack down on what her father Bob called “monsters” who plague communities.
A candlelight vigil will be held on Thursday in Veteran’s Park in Jewett City.
Church and community leaders said they will continue to spread the word about the drug problems, hoping more families don’t lose young loved ones.
"It's unconscionable to me that someone could pull her into something like that. And I know that one day that they will have to answer to God for those acts,” Dudek said.
One man was arrested in connection with the teens death. Police said they arrested 40-year-old Ramon Gomez, of Uncasville, last week.
On Wednesday, federal officials said two more people have been arrested in connection with the overdose.
Adele Bouthillier, 42, of Groton, was arrested on a federal criminal complaint charging her with possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, heroin, and conspiracy to distribute heroin. Ramon Gomez, also known as “B.I.,” 40, of Uncasville, has been charged by complaint with the same offenses, officials said.
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