Nearly two years ago, a 20-year-old from Irwin overdosed on heroin and died, and today, state police charged a Wilkinsburg man -- already incarcerated on numerous drug charges -- with providing the fatal dose.
Sage Capozzi got the heroin from Kyland W. Napper, 20, on March 4, 2012, at the Monroeville Mall and then met some friends at Motel 3, state police in Greensburg said.
Sometime later, Capozzi's girlfriend found him dead at the motel, police said. He was pronounced dead March 5.
Napper faces a felony count of drug delivery resulting in death and two other drug charges in Capozzi's death. He is being held at the Allegheny County Jail on unrelated charges.
After his death, Capozzi's family created a website and Facebook page that has more than 6,400 followers, Sage's Army, to spread the word that drugs don't discriminate and anyone is vulnerable to their enticement.
"We need to promote awareness because my son was a good kid," his father, Carmen Capozzi, told the Post-Gazette in 2012. "I'm not going to let people think my kid was a bad person because he did heroin, which is such a taboo word."
Lexi Belculfine: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-1878. Twitter: @LexiBelc.