Another N. Texas teen dies from apparent overdose

08/10/2008 5:02 PM

09/17/2009 4:24 PM

A second North Texas teen died Saturday from an apparent drug overdose despite rescue attempts by his family and paramedics to save him, police said Sunday.

The Tarrant County medical examiner's office identified the man as Brandon Mason, 18, of Irving who was pronounced dead at Baylor Medical Center at Grapevine.

He was the second teen to die of an apparent drug overdose in the city in three days.

On Thursday morning, an 18-year-old was found dead in a Grapevine apartment just hours after a friend saw him alive, police said.

"We don't have any reason to believe they are connected at this time," Grapevine police Lt. Todd Dearing said Sunday afternoon.

The most recent death happened shortly before 4:30 p.m. in the 2100 block of Grayson Drive.

Mason who was injured in a traffic accident a few days ago was staying with his grandmother in Grapevine, Dearing said.

"At some point, his grandmother went into a bathroom and found him," Dearing said.

A family member began cardio-pulmonary resuscitation on him and paramedics continued it as he was taken to the Grapevine hospital where he died, police said.

Drug paraphernalia was found in the apartment, police said, but details were not released Sunday.

On Thursday morning, Christopher Hackler, 18, of Euless, was found dead on a couch in a Grapevine apartment in the 2400 block of Timberline Drive.

Hackler was found dead when paramedics arrived at the Ambassador Apartments, police said.

A friend called 911 Thursday morning after she found him unresponsive, police said.

The apartment was rented by a friend of Hackler's, police said.

A cause of death on both teens is pending toxicology results which could take several weeks, police said.

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