STATEMENT REGARDING DEATH OF ISAIAH WARD BY FULTON COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PAUL L. HOWARD, JR.

“When the Fulton County Heroin Task Force released the Heroin Report prepared by Applied Research Services, Inc. on January 15, 2016, one of the special guests who appeared at the Lindsay Street Baptist Church’s press conference was the Mayor of Rutland, Vermont, Christopher Louras. Mayor Louras was invited first, because his City in the past three years had become overrun with heroin issues and second due to the dramatic, data-driven, community-based recovery engineered in Rutland. Interestingly, the catalyst for these solutions in Rutland was the death of 17-year-old Carly Ferro, a star athlete with a bright future, who was hit and killed by a car while leaving her job. This driver, now in prison, was huffing chemicals to get high.”

“This weekend, in our own City, three children, all with bright futures, were hit by a car. One of these children, nine-year-old Isaiah Ward, was killed. The alleged driver of the car has been charged with heroin possession in the past. On the day of the incident, witnesses said he appeared “to be on something.” Additionally, the defendant allegedly admitted using heroin to police at the scene.”

“Heroin is a major problem in our community. In 2015, 105 young people died from heroin overdoses in Fulton County. Heroin-related overdose deaths have increased by 2,000% here in our County since 2010. The question remains-are we going to follow the lead of Rutland, Vermont after Ms. Ferro was killed and make significant changes or will we take no action and allow this drug to continue to kill our children?”