Warning..an unpleasant story
Just heard this a little earlier today. My son used to be friends with the boy in the story when he was a young teen, then drifted away because he was a "difficult" kid. His mother was a heroin addict who gave him up to his grandparents. The grandparents he lived with used to bring him and pick him up at our house for sleepovers. I was glad when the friendship broke up. I think he had to be very sad and had no coping mechanisms at all. His grandfather had just died a few months earlier. Just an all around shame. My son and us talked about it and emphasized how important it is to reach out to us, his siblings, his girlfriend, whoever he feels close to, whenever. It's so important. sigh.
Here is a link that might be useful: Newsday article