UPDATED: Wyandotte Teen Dies After Prescription Drug Overdose

Kerrigan Brandon's memorial service is set for Feb. 21 at Nixon Funeral Home in Wyandotte.

A 15-year-old Roosevelt High School student known to her friends as "Kear Bear" has died.

Kerrigan Brandon died Wednesday at Mott's Children Hospital in Ann Arbor, where she had been hospitalized in a coma since overdosing on a cocktail of prescription drugs on Jan. 12.

Her mother, Michele Rydlicki, said the teen will always be her Valentine.

"You are the most beautiful angel in heaven," Michele wrote on a Facebook page she created for her daughter. "I'm sure being with God is better than any valentine! I love you baby girl."

More than 1,000 people have "liked" the Facebook page and have rallied behind the teen.

"May God bless your precious angel," Rhonda 'Roni' Gutierrez wrote. "May you find peace in knowing that the Lord is wrapping his loving arms around her. R.I.P sweetheart."

Kerrigan's friends have been selling wristbands and T-shirts at school all week. Money raised from the sales will be donated to the teen's family.

"It’s a very sad situation when any parent is facing a situation like this and our thoughts and prayers are with the family," school superintendent Carla Harting said.

Visitation is set for 1 to 7 p.m. Feb. 21 at Wyandotte's Nixon Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. The teen's body will be cremated. 

Nixon's also is collecting donations from those wishing to help offset the funeral costs for the family.


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John_T February 15, 2013 at 04:17 PM
Thanks Roni for taking this opportunity for publicly stating that Kerrigan's mom is a failure of a parent. I'm sure she appreciates that 48 hours after her daughter died.
T.S. February 15, 2013 at 06:14 PM
Thank you Rhonda... something I, and I am sure many others have wanted to say but haven't... but you have said it with compassion but also awareness. May God hold her in his arms...
Christine Orman February 16, 2013 at 07:30 AM
Rhonda 'Roni' Gutierrez, you and T.S. make me absolutely sick! Shame shame shame on you! How dare you use a public forum to trash talk ,a 'baby' in my eyes, then say Rest In Peace in the next breath. You admit you do not know this girl yet you are stating things about her life style just because of the images she had posted on facebook. Ms G. I have a fb page also. Mine states that I'm a ''Divorced lush running out of places to hide the bodies" ..and that my occupation is a 'Pole Dancer'. I have been very happily married for over 28yrs. And anyone who 'knows' us knows we have an incredibly loving marriage. And anyone who 'knows' me knows one drink and I'm under the table. And if you 'knew' me... you'd see the humor in the 'Pole Dancer'. If I were a teenager today my fb would be a lot more worse than this beautiful girl. Even if all the things she posted were true to her personality and who she was .. it still is no reason for someone to spread such awful things after the person, a child no less, has passed away.
Christine Orman February 16, 2013 at 07:51 AM
... continued. I don't know the complete details to this case. But what I've read I'm assuming this young girl chose to take her life. {Someone correct me if I'm wrong please}. If this is the case, suicide is NOT exclusive to only certain people. Not by ''lifestyle'', age, sex, race, economic status, religion, intelligence, drug user, non drug user, good or bad. So for anyone to suggest an 'alternate lifestyle' would have prevented it, is extremely insensitive and shouldn't even be mentioned. And if happened because she was being foolish. People with all lifestyles do foolish things all the time. Unfortunately some have results that can never be changed. Teenagers are prone to this regardless of their background. If you really have compassion and want this young girl to rest in peace, then you should do the right thing and delete your comment.
acroporless February 16, 2013 at 01:53 PM
I hope this is a wake up call to all the parents out there that their children's lives are being stolen & corrupted by social media. These kids are immature, vulnerable, they want to be cool, & popular, they want to fit in! Social Media starting with cell phones, texting, sexting, on facebook, is leading these children to involvement in adult activities that are bad for adults. There is a faceboook frenzy out there, and these kids are encouraging one another, to see who can out do each other, Marijuana, drugs, friends with benefits, rebellion, and being. high are all glorified. don't assume your child is always going to make the right decision, the peer pressure is great. A lot of these kids have more then one facebook page to hide their lifestyle from parents etc. Take a look at the abreviated foul language these kids are texting each other because its cool! The electronic age is a great thing, But allowing your children to be immersed in it will ruin there lives. Most of it has very little positive value,
rebecca johnson February 16, 2013 at 01:57 PM
I couldnt agree more with Rhonda, its said what happenef but in reality her mother shouldve stepped up as a parent and not try so hard 2 b her friend
darrin barnes February 16, 2013 at 09:27 PM
"Children Learn What They Live"...most and I say MOST Facebook pages don't lie. I pray for the family and friends of this young girl that they find peace and comfort in God and prayer. R.i.P. child
darrin barnes February 16, 2013 at 09:30 PM
I agree with "Acropoless" too
Dave L February 17, 2013 at 03:04 PM
Regardless, there is a family that is dealing with a significant loss. As a parent, I can't even begin to imagine the pain of losing a child. We are a society that is very quick to judge others, but extremely slow to understand or empathize. I hope that this family can find peace and I hope that our community can assist them by not placing blame or pointing fingers at their most vulnerable moment.
Rhonda 'Roni' Gutierrez February 17, 2013 at 04:35 PM
No blame. No judgement. Just sadness. Sad because no one was able to help this young lady. Suicide or accident, it makes no difference. A young life is gone. It is not my intention to place blame; however it is my intention to make adults aware that our children are suffering and they need caring adults to help them make better choices. They are not mature enough to make decisions that could possibly ruin their lives. She made mistakes, as we all do but I can only wish that an adult would have been there to notice and assist. In every tragedy there is a lesson. Life is full of lessons. The important thing is that we all learn from them.
Rhonda 'Roni' Gutierrez February 17, 2013 at 04:39 PM
Never did I mention her mother or call her a failure. I can't imagine what she is going through. However, I'm sure that she also wishes that a caring adult would have stepped up and helped her daughter. Maybe she didn't see the page. Maybe she had no idea. I'm not blaming her. I do know that other adults were friends on her page. I only wish they would've helped her. When I saw that a young friend was talking about suicide on her page, myself and others immediately talked with the girl and contacted her parents. It takes a village to raise a child.
Tracey February 18, 2013 at 04:25 PM
That's what's wrong with the world, Rhonda. Most people stop speaking the truth because it is unpleasant to hear it. And if you do, you are rebuked and shamed into silence. Christine...put what you want on your facebook page. Try not to be too pi$$ed off, though, if people 'misunderstand' you for what you are putting out there to represent yourself.
Rhonda Gutierrez February 18, 2013 at 05:27 PM
Thank you, Tracey. I completely agree. This young girl's facebook page was an obvious cry for help but no one seemed to notice. Maybe the adults felt that it wasn't their place to speak up. One kind word or a listening ear can completely change a person's life. Never be afraid to speak up.
Michele Rydlicki February 18, 2013 at 10:17 PM
You have no idea...
Michele Rydlicki February 18, 2013 at 10:18 PM
Thank u John...
Michele Rydlicki February 18, 2013 at 10:19 PM
You don't know me. I was and am a parent first...
Michele Rydlicki February 18, 2013 at 10:21 PM
Stay off her page and get a life...you don't know my daughter.
Kimi Trombley Pyles February 19, 2013 at 02:59 AM
Thank you Roni for sharing those words.. You have made your point very eloquently, without blame to anyone and without being callous or hurtful. You have only stated what many are feeling and in my heart I truly feel your words are said with kindness in the hopes that another parent may be spared this grief.. Perhaps another teenager will read your words and reach out for help. Perhaps an adult will understand what your saying and GET INVOLVED, because as you said earlier, "it takes a whole village to raise a child!"... Cell phones, the Internet, Facebook ~ all those things at an early age can be a deadly combination, and parents really need to stay on top of things and being monitoring their young children/teenagers relentlessly... If those words can save one child, if they can make one adult become involved ~ then those words were worth saying...
Michele Rydlicki February 19, 2013 at 05:21 AM
My daughter did not take her own life. I am a single mother. I live with my family. I knew she was trying marijuana and I tried everything. Counseling,calling her father and family..i even went to court to find her incorrigible. I tried the best I could and loved my daughter. You have no idea of the pain. I hope this may teach another teen not to experiment with drugs. But Kerrigan loved life and would never take her life. She just eanted.to have fun and it was in the wrong way. Happy now, the mom spoke. Now leave it alone.Respect my angel and keep comments to yourselves. Kerrigan hated arguing. Peace and love to all.
Nicole February 19, 2013 at 02:30 PM
I am honestly shocked by some of these comments. I am willing to guess that you have never been in the same situation. I have two teenage girls, raised the same one is in college now and the other could have easily been in this exact situation. That does not make the parent a bad parent. You have no idea what they may have been through, or what measures this mom went through to try to help her daughter. I see so many similarities between Kerrigan and my daughter that is scares me. The bottom line is a young life was cut way too short. This could have happened to anyone and if you say it can't happen to you, you are kidding yourself.
Sandy February 19, 2013 at 03:21 PM
I am sorry for your loss Michele. My prayers are with you and your family that our Lord will give you strength over the days and weeks ahead and that you will find comfort in remembering the good times with your precious daugher. No matter the circumstance of death, the loss of a child is great. Take care of yourself Michele and allow those around you to be what you need for your days.
Sandy February 19, 2013 at 03:31 PM
Michele, "Hearts connected in life are not separated by death, death is not that strong" Your daughter will be forever in your heart.
Rhonda Gutierrez February 19, 2013 at 04:39 PM
Hi, Michele. As I stated earlier, it has never been my intention to place blame or judgement. I only wish to make our children aware so that this never happens again. I know that many kids at the high school are experimenting and I don't want to learn of another child's death. No parent deserves to live without their child. If my statements hurt or upset you, I apologize. I have prayed for your daughter and family since the very beginning and I will continue to pray for you all. God bless.
Michele Rydlicki March 02, 2013 at 03:05 AM
Every single comment I made was rejected. I never said anything inappropriate.
Jason Alley (Editor) March 02, 2013 at 03:33 AM
Hi, Michele. All of your comments were approved and posted. If you scroll through the comments on the story, you'll see your comments sprinkled in where you posted them.
Michele Rydlicki March 02, 2013 at 02:23 PM
My mistake, when I went on my phone and went to Wyandotte Patch, all my comments said reject next to them. I'm not very good with technology,it's new to me. So, I apologize.
David Justice March 05, 2013 at 12:54 PM
My question is how did she get this drugs? Whoever gave her the drugs need to do sometime in jail!!!!!
Peter March 08, 2013 at 02:58 AM
Very sad for everyone involved. . . . . . parents, children, family and community.
Peter March 08, 2013 at 09:19 PM
David, I asume the Wyandotte police will have to eventually investigate. My condolonces to the parents and family. This poor girl was way too young to die at such a tender age.
Roy White April 25, 2013 at 07:18 AM
I knew the girl and the difference between her and you Christine is you are an adult and she wasn't. Adult supervision counts for something. So please keep your overbearing preaching to yourself.


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