THEY were a charmed couple: young, beautiful, smart, and
totally in love.
On 14 October the charm came to a tragic end when the
couple were found dead, wrapped in each others’ arms.
According to news.com.au, Michelle Avila (20) and
Christian Kent (23) had been in a dream relationship for a year before death claimed
That evening, they had returned early from a party in
their hometown, Orange County in Southern California. They both had flu and were
taking medication for it. Neither were drinking because they weren’t feeling
The couple said goodnight to Michelle’s mum and dad.
Michelle laid out her uniform for her 6am shift at a
coffee shop where she worked.
She wrote herself a reminder: "Study for geo. Work
on your speech. Love Christian."
Then they lay down together.
They never woke up.
Michelle’s mum discovered their bodies when she went to
check on them the following afternoon.
"Two beautiful kids," her dad Paulo Avila told
Coast Report Online. "It was like Romeo and Juliet. They both died and
they were hugging each other."
The toxicology report is still not complete, but cops
believe the couple died from an overdose of opioids.
America is in the grip of a national drug crisis, with
about 115 people dying every day from overdoses of opioids. Opioids include prescription
pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl.
Heartbroken Paulo is speaking up about the double tragedy
because he wants other parents to know "their kids are not safe."
"My mission is to send a message. To show how
beautiful people can go through something like that. You're protected by
nothing," he said.
"You're supposed to care for what God gave you, and
she was God's gift," he told The Orange County Register. "That's
what's eating me, from inside out. How come I failed? It just destroys