LITTLE ELM -- Three months have gone by, and the Runyans are still hurting and still wondering.

'Elliott told him he took something... And he didn't wake up in the morning... And it was over,' said father Kent Runyan.

Their 13-year-old, Elliott, died after over-dosing on prescription medication. Elliott had spent the night at a friend's house and his mother, Shawnda, last saw him in the evening.

The next moment, Elliott's mom describes rushing to the hospital and talking with a doctor.

'[The doctor] was talking to me and his eyes were red, and he says, 'I'm so sorry, but he's gone,' and I said, 'You must be joking, because this can't be,'' Shawnda said.

Elliott was an eighth grader at Lakeside Middle School in Little Elm. Elliot was a straight-A student and a goofball, if you ask mom and dad. Both parents thought they were doing it right, from locking up their medicine, talking with their kids about drugs, to giving random drug checks.

'If you don't know it's there, you don't know what you're up against,' Kent said.

The Runyans are fighting for information from police; feeling in the dark about their son's case. They are also hoping the school district he attended listens and parents learn.

'Lock up your prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicine, because everything can lead to a deadly combination,' Shawnda said.

For a mother, this is especially difficult. Elliot died on Mother's Day, and in July they learned the lethal combination: methadone, Benadryl, and four other drugs.

'It just seems like it shouldn't have happened,' Shawnda said. 'It shouldn't have happened to us, and it shouldn't have happened to a 13-year-old boy in this town.'

How and where he got the drugs, they don't know. The Runyans hope this conversation on drugs happens in every home between parents and children.


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