KEYSER - “Death to drugs.”
This is the message that participants in the “Heroin in the Casket” march will be spreading Friday when they march down Main Street in Keyser then regather at the South End Park, where they will rally against the drug epidemic currently plaguing the area.


By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - “Death to drugs.”
This is the message that participants in the “Heroin in the Casket” march will be spreading Friday when they march down Main Street in Keyser then regather at the South End Park, where they will rally against the drug epidemic currently plaguing the area.
According to civic volunteer Frances Jones, who is organizing the event, the march is a way of “taking a stand against addictives.”
She says the idea came to her attention approximately five to six months ago when a pastor in Cleveland held a similar march in which they carried caskets through the city in a display of solidarity against the drug epidemic.
Jones said she began wondering what she could do to help spread the message of “death to drugs,” and was lead - through the help of prayer - to try a similar event in Keyser.
She therefore began talking to various groups and individuals to solicit their help with the event, and emphasizes that she is looking for a very specific type of help.
“I’m not asking for money; I’m only asking for people to participate,” she says.
Anyone wishing to take part in the march is asked to meet in the vicinity of Third Street in South Keyser at 5 p.m. Friday. The marchers will take the traditional parade route through the downtown and turn right onto Armstrong Street, then disband in the area of the courthouse.
Following the march, everyone is invited to regroup at the South End Park, where there will be free food, music and resource material available.
Jones is especially hopeful that those who have been affected by drug abuse will participate in the march and share their story at the rally.
“We are a small town, but the enemy is wreaking havoc,” she says. “I don’t know what this march will do … but my prayer is we can make a difference and that some good will come out of this.”