WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Last month, WKBN reported the death of 32-year-old Carly Ginnicks, who went missing from her Warren home just days before she was found dead from a heroin overdose in an abandoned house. On Wednesday, Ginnicks’ family kept her memory alive by hosting a celebration of life.
Holding a balloon or a prayer card, friends and family members came together to celebrate the life of Ginnicks. The night began with one of her favorite songs, “Amazing Grace,” for which Ginnicks’ daughter Macy Grace was named.
Ginnicks’ mother and grandmother hosted the celebration, wanting to not only celebrate her life but to try to bring awareness to the heroin problem in the area.
“We need to go against these drug dealers and get them off the street,” said Ginnicks’ mother, Tammy Ginnicks.
“It’s just a struggle for any family who has gone through it, that is going through it,” said Judy McClellan, Ginnicks’ grandmother.
When Ginnicks first went missing, family searched the area looking for her, even making posters. It was during that search that they met Pastor Derrick Scott of Alpha and Omega Church, where the family hung fliers. They told Scott they would let him know when Ginnicks was found.
“The last words she mentioned to me was that, one way or another, pastor, I’ll let you know. Within 24 hours, we were saddened to hear about Carly’s death,” he said.
Since then, the family has become close to the pastor, who made sure to attend Ginnicks’ celebration of life and lead the prayer.
“This day is a remembrance for Carly and all the other thousands of women and men who are victims of chemical dependency,” he said.
As the night closed, her family hoped one thing was accomplished.
“If we can save one person from going through this, or they can get the strength to get out of the situation, that’s what we want to do,” McClellan said.