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Police confirm 3rd apparent NE Tarrant drug death

Police confirmed Monday that a third teen has died from an apparent drug overdose in Northeast Tarrant County in the past two weeks.

Investigators believe drugs may have caused the death of a 15-year-old boy who was found by his grandmother on July 28 at their Euless home.

Since Thursday, two 18-year-olds have died in Grapevine from what investigators believe were illegal drugs, police said.

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

“We just haven’t seen anything like this in a long time,” Grapevine police Sgt. Kim Smith said Monday.

Investigators do not believe any of the deaths are connected.

On July 28, Brandon Palmer was found dead in his bedroom after being out all night with some friends, Euless police said.

His grandmother saw him alive about 3 a.m. on July 28 as he was getting a drink from the refrigerator, according to police reports.

But his grandmother found him dead about 4:30 p.m. later that day when she went in to check on him, the police reports say.

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

Then on Saturday, Brandon Mason, 18, of Irving was pronounced dead at Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine, after attempts by his family and paramedics to save him, police said Sunday.

Mason died shortly before 4:30 p.m. in the 2100 block of Grayson Drive. He had been injured in a traffic accident a few days earlier and was staying with his grandmother in Grapevine, Dearing said.

“At some point, his grandmother went into a bathroom and found him,” Grapevine police Lt. Todd Dearing said Sunday.

A family member began CPR on Mason and paramedics continued it as he was taken to the hospital where he died, police said.

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