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Oct 26, 2015 9:38 AM

Friends gather to remember the good of Rochester teen Eve Tarmey after apparent overdose death

ROCHESTER - A candlelight vigil was held Sunday night to remember Eve Tarmey, the 17-year-old girl whose tragic death shed a new light on the heroin epidemic in New Hampshire.

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“She was a gorgeous person -very selfless,” friend Nicole Sutton said. “She meant so much to everyone. She would literally put her friends first. She was like - I trusted her - and now she’s gone.”

Fellow classmates, friends, and family gathered on the Rochester Commons to honor Eve Tarmey - sharing their sorrow and hoping to inspire others who struggle with challenges in their own lives.

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“I want people to see that we have a problem in our town - not just our town we have a problem with these drugs and it’s getting closer to us as children” Jocelyn Cloutier said. “We aren’t being influenced in the right way and I feel like we need to be guided in the right direction.”

Eve was found dead in a hotel room last Saturday of an apparent heroin overdose. And according to friends and family, she struggled with drug addiction and often shared her daily pain and struggles through social media.

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“I know a lot of us felt as if we could have done something to help her,” Kaley Patterson said. “Even the school, and just her family. I feel like something could’ve prevented that.”

But on Sunday, those who knew Eve looked past her addiction and mourned the loss of a young girl who was taken too soon.

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