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Update March 19: The 25-year-old man who died of an apparent heroin overdose on Tuesday has been identified as Anthony Michael Tumasone of Newhall. The official cause of death is pending, according to a spokesman with the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner. (KHTS)

 

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s deputies responded to an apparent heroin overdose in Newhall Tuesday morning.

A 25-year-old male reportedly overdosed on heroin, according to Sheriff’s Station officials.

Los Angeles County Fire Department personnel responded to the scene but were unable to resuscitate the individual, said Sgt. Bob Wachsmuth of the Juvenile Intervention Unit.

As of 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, deputies and Homicide detectives were still on scene.

Homicide detectives investigate any death that involves a vehicle or which not suspected to stem from natural causes, according to Sheriff’s Station officials.

 

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  1. Anna Castillo… Hmm Weird!

  2. John Gilbert John Gilbert says:

    After working at a trauma center in the other Valley and exposed to the LA Times for 20 yrs, (but living in the SCV the last 50 yrs), now that I get the SCVTV news, I didn’t realize how “ghetto” we’ve become up here. It comes with the little town growing up, I guess.

  3. Daniel Konz Daniel Konz says:

    For several weeks I’ve witnessed a white male, mid twenties, in a busted ass Saturn Ion almost every night shooting up in his car…
    He parks across the street, sits in the dark for 15-20 minutes and the only light I see is the flame of a lighter burning… At first I thought he was smoking a bowl, but I noticed the lighter staying lit for 30 + seconds at a time…
    I also noticed him walk to the trashcan outside the old library afterwards and stuff something down deep inside of it…
    Figured he was cooking the spoon, shooting up, and ditching the needle after… Then he walks down the street into one of the apartment buildings… Oak Manor or Starlight Garden… Not sure which…

    The cops rolled up on him 4 or 5 days ago, detained him, searched his car, but then released him…
    They seamed irritated that they didn’t find anything…

    Now I don’t know that this was the same guy…
    And I can’t prove the guy I saw was doing anything other than playing with his lighter in that car…

    But ill be looking to see if he still shows up tonight…
    I wouldn’t be at all surprised if it was him…

  4. Rhonda Soria Rhonda Soria says:

    Even in ” non ghetto” areas there are drug overdoses, may he rest in peace

  5. This Drug is Horrible out here!!!!!! People need to open there eyes! It’s not the perfect yuppy town everyone thinks it is!

  6. Where was this located??

  7. Rhonda Soria Rhonda Soria says:

    Like I said drugs are EVERYWHERE

  8. Daniel Konz Daniel Konz says:

    If residents of a particular city using illegal drugs constitutes that city as ghetto, then I suppose this whole planet is ghetto…

  9. Don Clark Don Clark says:

    Too bad. So sad! Who really cares?

  10. Deborah Bath Deborah Bath says:

    Actually it is a yuppy town still. Contrary to what people think many of the heroin addicts seen these days are kids who come from great families. Most of these kids tend to have too much $$ and time available to them than they need. This drug is affecting not just the “ghetto” people or places in America. It is now becoming a rich kid drug as well!!
    So if you think this place, or any place that is having heroin deaths is ghetto, you’re terribly mistaken and may want to attempt to move to the real “ghetto” where many of those people can’t afford the amount of $$ it takes to keep up this kind of habit.
    Don’t be fooled people!! Get involved in your child life, free time and teach them to work hard for their $$ so they wont want to waste it on drugs. Free reign and large allowances without effort are big contributors. Granted that is not always the case, every scenario is not cookie cutter but be active in your children’s lives to do all you can to help and/or prevent this from happening.
    And instead of bashing, people in this community need to come together and get involved as well as lead by example for the types of behaviors we are looking for in our children. Stop judging one another and stop with the holier then thou comments because someday this could be your child, neice, nephew, grandson, granddaughter, mother, brother, sister, etc. No one is immune to the epidemic affecting our children!!!
    Be the change you want to see!!!!

  11. Rhonda Soria Rhonda Soria says:

    Well said Deborah!

  12. Lisa Aguayo Lisa Aguayo says:

    This is so sad. And to the people with their rude comments, if that was your kid, you’d be singing a different tune.

  13. The people who think that SCV is ghetto need to slap themselves. RIP kid.

  14. Tom Dehn Tom Dehn says:

    Drug addiction (or any other form of addiction) isn’t a morality problem, and we should stop treating it like one.

  15. I just want to know if it’s the LiL punk who was involved in an earlier case this week as you’ve all seen in here with a missing girl whom Nice known since she was 4… If it’s him..I hate to say it but karma kills and you were trash in my book for the things u did!

  16. Who I’ve known* auto correct

  17. @Don Clark… This could have been a family member or friend of yours. Were you ever taught if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all? It’s never to late to learn. Peace to you.

  18. How tragic, it’s unfortunate deaths like these that my sister is organizing a club at College of the Canyons on drug awareness. It’s still in the organizing phase waiting on a faculty member to sponsor the club. But if anyone is interested feel free to message me and I’ll send you more information.

  19. Monica says:

    Lacey Riddick….I agree! He put my friend & her family through hell and then had the nerve to try and say he was doing them a favor by meeting with them, REALLY!! If it is him, he is definitely where he belongs!

  20. Cindy corona says:

    The street he was found on is a nice quite neighborhood in Newhall where the houses range from $500,000 plus .. $$$$$$ not the typical ghetto

  21. Casey Coffey Casey Coffey says:

    Why doesn everybody stop talking about how ghetto the town is and give condolence to the family that lost there sick son… Rip.

  22. Casey Coffey Casey Coffey says:

    Why doesn everybody stop talking about how ghetto the town is and give condolence to the family that lost there sick son… Rip.

  23. Yes well said Deborah Bath

  24. Drugs are prevalent in all parts of society…this sorrow is no respecter of where you come from…I would like to see youngsters getting better information about drugs and the reality is there are some drugs that you cannot try just this once…heroin is one of them…try it once and you will still be “trying” it for the rest of your life…my condolences to family and freinds on your loss…

  25. He probably bought it from a student at Valenica High School. Legend has it’s the smack capitol fo Santa Clarita.

  26. Joe Alcarez Joe Alcarez says:

    DON CLARK I’m glad your in Florida and not here!!!!!

  27. So tragic drug abuse is so prevalent

  28. Don Clark Empathy is the word get off the couch take cold shower lonley old man.

  29. Alicia Ellen Alicia Ellen says:

    Addiction and mental illness, are two illness our society looks down on people with, some folks have no idea what’s it’s like until it hits their home or family or friends..console scenes to the young man and his family.Those of is in ems are always saddened by a life lost to drug addiction or mental illness..:(

  30. Cathy Keck Cathy Keck says:

    unfortunately, addiction is addiction…and it will rear it’s ugly head when drama in life really picks up…no one who’s ever been an addict, will truly ever be really free……RIP……..with an emphasis on peace.

  31. I don’t think SCV residents understand that their is a HEROIN EPIDEMIC in Santa Clarita, California

  32. Darcey Oldhafer says:

    This is a very respectable family who has been to hell and back to try to get help for their son. I cannot begin to comprehend their grief. I hope that they never read some of these comments.

  33. Scott says:

    So are the police going to lock down the city and initiate a manhunt to find the dealer? Last time I heard about an OD in NYC that seemed to be the case.

    Condolences to the family. Lost a friend to this garbage 14 years ago, poor choices tend to never end well.

  34. I agree. Are u apart of the 36th assembly?

  35. So sad, my son ran away i hope he doesnt get involved with this stuff.. the kids are also taking these red pills called triple c
    .. rip to this young man

  36. Rob Gardner says:

    Its very sad to see some people make comments without any knowledge of what is going on. Lacey Riddick, really?

    This is a great family that has been battling a deadly disease and ultimately lost. I wish them all the best and peace.

  37. Kate says:

    First of all, this was not a “punk lil kid” that has lost his life. This was an amazing young man, with a kind heart, who I had to pleasure to know. If you don’t know anything, or have anything nice to say, than don’t say it. He had a family and friends that loved him. Unfortunately, I have had so many people OD on heroin out there lately, it has become a real problem the past years in SCV. Addiction needs to stop being seen as the individuals fault. It is a disease and the whole family struggles to save their child of those. May his beautiful soul rest in peace. And may prayers be with him and his family and friends at a time like this. Such a life lost.

  38. Anonymous. says:

    I really resent some of the comments being made. Anthony was a close family friend that I have known since we were toddlers. It is very unfortunate that his life had to end this way, but no one who posted such hateful comments have the right to judge him. Can you imagine if his mother read some of these negative comments? I hope she never does. I pray for his peace.

  39. Jessica F says:

    Thank you to the people who addresses the idiotic comments from those clueless people. So sad how narrow minded some people can be.stop making assumptions and pay attention to facts. Addiction to opiates can take control of anyone; no matter the working class or neighborhood of an individual. Citizens of Santa Clarita must acknowledge the drug problem and spread awareness as opposed to assuming this was a stereotypical drug addict. He was one of the smartest people I have had the pleasure of knowing and had attended a really good college and had a loving family. Addiction can happen in anyone’s family. My prayers go out to Tonys family and may he help light the path for other suffering addicts

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