Mother of overdose victim to hold remembrance ceremony in City Park

Photo of Lilly Harvey and her daughter, Camille. Camille overdosed in 2017. Her mother is...
Photo of Lilly Harvey and her daughter, Camille. Camille overdosed in 2017. Her mother is sharing her story. (Source: Family of Camille Harvey)(Courtesy of Lilly Harvey)
Published: Aug. 20, 2018 at 10:56 AM CDT
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The mother of a young woman who died from a fentanyl-related overdose in City Park in Alexandria back in February 2017 will hold a ceremony on August 31 to remember others who have overdosed and to break ground on a park bench in her name.

Lilly Harvey publicly forgave her daughter Millie's dealer in court as he was sentenced to 20 years in prison and asked that his last year be spent at the rehab facility that she works at.

"I wanted that for him," she told us at the time. "If he had to be out in this world, I'd rather him be working for the positive than the negative."

When we sat down with her in June, she talked to us about finding a way to remember her daughter and came up with the plans to hold a ceremony for families who have lost loved ones to overdoses.

On August 31 at the walking trail at City Park, the ceremony will kick off at 3 p.m. where other families are invited to bring a copy of a photo of their loved one to attach to a memory wall. Guest speakers will begin at 4 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., Harvey will break ground on a bench that will be dedicated to her daughter. And, at 7 p.m. families will light illuminated bags in memory of their loved ones.