Medinah Mom Copes With Son's Heroin Death by Saving Others

Daily Herald - April 20, 2015 - Louie Miceli's smile lights up his mother's dining room. The large black-and-white photo of Louie is the centerpiece on a crowded table, surrounded by dozens of mementos that tell the story of his short life.

A Driscoll Catholic football jersey lies near snapshots of the handsome young man playing sports, having fun with friends and vacationing in Italy.

"He was the kid to be around," says his mother, Felicia Miceli.

Two worn, handwritten letters on notebook paper, addressed to his mother and brother, reflect more difficult times.

In them, Louie apologized for past mistakes and thanked his family for sticking by his side as he struggled with heroin addiction.

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