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Man's death in Haltom City may be drug-related

A 30-year-old man found dead Thursday in a Haltom City motel could be the latest drug-related death in Northeast Tarrant County.

A syringe and capsules were found in the room where Greg Sherrill's body was discovered Thursday afternoon at the Deluxe Inn in the 6400 block of Airport Freeway.

Toxicology results are expected in four to six weeks to determine a cause of death for the Fort Worth man.

But authorities said that they believe Sherrill, whose funeral was Tuesday, died from taking illegal drugs.

Two area teens have died since Aug. 7 from taking heroin.

"What we are probably seeing is that someone is taking drugs such as painkillers and then going to the heroin," said commander Herschel Tebay of the Tarrant County Narcotics Unit. "It becomes a deadly mixture."

On Aug. 7, Christopher Hackler, 18, of Euless was found unresponsive on a couch at a Grapevine apartment. He died from cocaine and heroin intoxication, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner's office.

Then on Aug. 9, Brandon Mason of Irving died at a Grapevine hospital after he was found in his grandmother's apartment in Grapevine. The 18-year-old died from a heroin overdose, according to the medical examiner's office.

A third teen died on July 28, but toxicology tests were inconclusive, according to the medical examiner's officer.

the cause of death for 15-year-old Brandon Palmer was listed as "sudden adolescent death with history of ingestion of gamma hydroxybutyrate," or GHB.

It has been popular as a club drug, but it's also known as a "date-rape drug," because it can cause unconsciousness and loss of memory.

This report includes material from the Star-Telegram archives.