Gunner Bundrick was an accomplished athlete, a former star of his high school baseball and football teams in the US state of Arizona. A loving son, a protective brother, and “a pillar of the community”, according to his family.
But on November 3, the 19-year-old and his friend Jake Morales died.
According to a Facebook post by his aunt, Brandi Bundrick Nishnick, at some point during an evening of pizza and video games at home, Gunner and Jake took a pill that had been laced with fentanyl – a powerful, highly concentrated opioid.
Gunner’s mother reportedly found the pair unresponsive at around 11am the following morning. But it was too late; neither she nor paramedics were able to revive them.
Gunner reportedly had no history of drug use, had never been “a problem child”. His death, and its reported cause, shocked everyone who knew him.
“I’m sharing Gunner’s story because Gunner had a whole life ahead of him. He had goals and aspirations. He wanted to be a dad. He wanted to continue to play football and baseball in college. He wanted to go hunting and fishing with this grandpa. Gunner wasn’t done,” Brandi wrote.
“One bad choice, one stupid minor mistake was all it took. Gunner never had a chance.”