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Published June 11, 2013, 10:45 PM

Community gathers in memory of Grand Forks teen

Tonight, family and friends gathered to remember a Grand Forks teen who overdosed on synthetic drugs, exactly one year ago today. Christian Bjerk's parents organized the memorial service as they continue to spread a message to put an end to use of the dangerous hallucinogens.

By: Victor Correa, WDAZ

Tonight, family and friends gathered to remember a Grand Forks teen who overdosed on synthetic drugs, exactly one year ago today. Christian Bjerk's parents organized the memorial service as they continue to spread a message to put an end to use of the dangerous hallucinogens.

More than 30 people showed up to the Memorial Cemetery tonight to remember a lost one, but also encourage others to make good decisions. One year ago today, Christian Bjerk overdosed on a dangerous synthetic hallucinogen. His parents, Keith and Debbie Bjerk, organized tonight's event. The two, with their 18-year-old son Brian and many others, sent lanterns into the sky at the site of Christian Bjerk's grave. Some even wrote personal messages on the lanterns and some brought flowers for Christian's parents. At the end of the ceremony prayers were said and friends and family joined hands to remember Christian one last time. The Bjerks say they want to educate teens and parents about the dangers of synthetic drugs. A year ago today at 4 this morning, Christian died, at the age of 18.

The Bjerks have set up a memorial fund to be used for educating others about the dangers or synthetic drugs. If you'd like to donate, the fund is held at United Valley Bank.

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