P.E.I. con­nec­tion

Young man with P.E.I. ties loses life New Year’s Day

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE -

Young man with P.E.I. ties loses life New Year’s Day in Hal­i­fax.

A Nova Sco­tia man with fam­ily con­nec­tions to P.E.I. died of an ap­par­ent drug over­dose early New Year’s Day.

The fu­neral for Jesse Alexan­der Smith, 24, will be held to­day in Dart­mouth, N.S.

Smith is the son of Don Smith of Ca­noe Cove, P.E.I., and Jodi Smith of Dart­mouth.

Po­lice say a Dart­mouth man failed to get help for Smith when he took an over­dose.

Jesse Ray­mond Gaetz, 23, is charged with crim­i­nal neg­li­gence caus­ing death af­ter Smith died in hos­pi­tal.

Po­lice were called to a home in Dart­mouth at about 1:20 a.m. on Jan. 1, and later ar­rested Gaetz.

A GoFundMe page ti­tled “In Lov­ing Mem­ory of Jessie Smith’’ was set up on Satur­day with a goal of rais­ing $5,000. That goal was sur­passed in less than 24 hours.

“Words are hardly ad­e­quate to mea­sure the sor­row felt at your loss,’’ one post reads.

“You (af­fected) ev­ery­one around you. Ev­ery time I saw you, there was a smile on your face. The world should be thank­ful that it had you in it, even for a short time.’’

Jesse Alexan­der Smith

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