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19-year-old who died from overdose at south side home identified

TUCSON – The 19-year-old who died from an apparent overdose in connection to Thursday’s heavy police and fire personnel presence on the south side has been identified.

On Thursday, Tucson Police Department officers were flagged down at the parking lot of Carl’s Jr at E. Ajo Way after a 20-year-old man was unresponsive and showing symptoms of an apparent overdose. After he was administered with NARCAN, the police officers were informed of more potential overdose victims at a home at 800 W. Idaho St.

Upon arrival, the officers discovered Aaron Franciso Chavez and five others in need of medical treatment at the home. Chavez was pronounced dead at the scene and two others were transported to a hospital.

Police said the six people at the home were cases of apparent opioid-involved overdoses.

Noel Sederstrom

Noel Sederstrom

Noel Sederstrom joined the KTTC-TV staff as News Director in February, 2008. He's a native Minnesotan, having grown up on a farm near Litchfield, and also spending a lot of time on Lake Vermilion near Tower-Soudan, where his grandfather Gust Saari worked in the Soudan Underground Mine. After studying journalism at the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis, Noel worked as a reporter, anchor, producer and Executive Producer at television stations in Duluth, Little Rock, Buffalo, Louisville and Kalamazoo, Michigan. Noel was the News Director at WWMT-TV in Kalamazoo for seven of his 18 years at the CBS affiliate before returning to Minnesota. He and his wife Cindy have two grown children and make their home in Rochester. Email Noel at nsederstrom@kttc.com
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