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Memorial held for woman found dead of overdose

Friends, family share their memories of 22-year-old

Posted: October 22, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 22, 2012 2:00 a.m.

More than 100 people listened to eulogies Sunday from those who loved 22-year-old Carlie Coulter, who was shown in slideshows and videos as a smiling dimpled, beautiful young woman lost to drugs.

A memorial service for the young woman who died Oct. 10 was held Sunday afternoon at the Church on the Way on Cinema Drive.

Pastor Bill Haley compared the story of David who slew the giant Goliath to the story of a young woman whose life was taken by drugs.

“You get to choose how you handle this giant,” he said. “There are giants that need to be slain.

“The giant of drugs is another battle we face,” he told the congregation. “It’s a tough one.

“It started out with beer and ended with heroin, with a life. If you go down that road, the harder it is with less chance of victory,” Haley said.

“If you’re here and you’re fighting that battle, there are people who can help.”

Three of Coulter’s friends and her brother Chuck reminisced about the person they loved, leaving many in attendance crying.

“In the last few months, we hit a rough patch,” said Coulter’s longtime friend Amber Denike.

“She would text me but it wasn’t her. She wasn’t the same any more, and I didn’t know what to do,” she said.

“Life will never be the same without her.”

On Oct. 10, Carlie Renee Coulter was found dead in a Santa Clarita Valley hotel, the victim of an apparent heroin overdose.

Her brother Chuck shared with the congregation that one of his sister’s favorite movies was “The Music Box” starring her favorite comedians Laurel and Hardy.

“She was obsessed with Laurel and Hardy,” he said recalling the day he and his sister visited “the Music Box” steps featured in the movie.

“In the movie, they push a piano up these steps,” he said. “The day we went there she said was one of the best days of her life.”

Haley reminded all who loved her and turned out to pay their respects Sunday to share in fond memories of the young woman.

Friends were invited to gather at a friend’s house in Newhall after the service.

A fundraiser in Coulter’s name is being planned for Nov. 3 at the Valencia Lanes bowling alley.



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