Mothers using personal loss to spread message of justice

Veronica Gower wears her son's ashes around her neck every day.

"I loved him," Gower said. "I loved him more than my own life."

Katie Bittinger's tattoo on her arm reminds her of her daughter at all times.

"Emily loved Hello Kitty," she told us looking at her tattoo.

The two mothers are dealing with the unimaginable, losing a child.

"He had his whole life ahead of him," Gower said emotionally.

Gower's son, Jeremy, was just 30-years-old when he died of an overdose of heroin laced in fentanyl.

That was last year, but it was only a month ago that she finally found out who police said sold her son the drugs.

"I feel almost guilty because they caught the guy who sold my son those drugs and so many other people will never get to see that justice," Gower said. "But I am glad hes off the street. He cant hurt somebody else's child or brother or sister."

Bittinger hasn't had that same justice.

Her worst fear came to life four years ago. Her daughter died at just 20-years-old and her dealer has never been caught.

"As with like any crime you want somebody to have responsibility for what was done," Bittinger said. "I don't have that."

Now the parents are pushing for change. They're calling on the community, lawmakers and police to try and get stiffer penalties for the overdoses drug dealers help cause.

"We all need to work together because this concerns everybody whether you know it or not," Gower said.

Even though it's too late to help them, they hope their efforts will one day keep parents from having to go through their same pain.

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