BELLE CHASSE, Lousiana (WDSU) — A Belle Chasse mother and father are devastated.
Their daughter died of an accidental overdose right before her high school graduation.
Hailey Deickman’s parents Allison and Jesse said their daughter was an honor roll student at Belle Chasse High School. Tuesday night, she would have walked across the stage accepting her diploma. Instead, her parents will.
It is something they never imagined they would be doing.
“It’s going to be a hard night to know we are having to accept it and she’s not there to walk across the stage to get something that she worked hard for and that she earned,” Allison Deicman said.
“I wish she was still here with us tonight walking the stage it hurts my heart,” Jesse Deickman said.
Hailey loved school, work and spending time with her friends and family.
She was already enrolled in fall classes at The University of New Orleans.
On Friday, May 14, her parents say Hailey and a friend who they were not familiar with made a horrible decision.
“She had a friend over and they went to buy what they thought was a $30 Percocet they were going to share it,” Allison Deicman said. “It wasn’t Percocet, it was a street drug laced with fentanyl so just half of that is what took Hailey from us.”
Later that night, Jesse Deickman said he found his daughter in her bedroom unresponsive. He said the friend was convulsing.
“Having to go in and find my daughter and try to give her CPR,” Jesse Deickman said. “The night I found her in her room I had just gotten out of the shower and I just peeked my head in to check on them and that’s when I found her body.”
Hailey died days later at the hospital, but the friend survived.
“Talk to your kids. Let them know there is nothing safe off the street. It’s not worth it Hailey suffered a great loss she had her whole life in front of her,” Allison Deickman said. “That’s why we want to get her story out. So other parents don’t have to go through this pain and suffering.”
The tragedy happened on Allison and Jesse’s 20th wedding anniversary.
While the day will never be the same, they would give anything to see Hailey’s smile and face the night of her high school graduation.
“I wish I could have been there and stopped her from taking this pill,” Jesse Deickman said. “We just want people to be aware this stuff is out there. People are dying. You could be the next person in my shoes and feel how I feel.”
Franklin Senfles, 22, of Gretna, Louisiana, was charged with one count of second-degree murder in connection to the overdose death of Hailey Deickman, 18, of Belle Chasse along with one count of Attempted Second Degree Murder of a second victim.
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