ALTOONA, BLAIR COUNTY - In a small shrine in an urn is not how Tiffany Park was supposed to spend her 22nd birthday.
"Looks are deceiving. Tiffany was beautiful. Who would have ever thought, an honor roll student," her mother Sue Birely of Altoona said.
A smart young woman who got hooked on heroin after turning 21 and meeting the party crowd.
"It's all around. Curiosity got her and it took her in," Birely said.
Shooting up heroin in the restroom at the Wehnwood Sheetz would be the last thing Tiffany did 3 weeks ago. Her mother awoke that night with a bad feeling. But Tiffany wouldn't answer her phone.
"I went back to sleep. That's when I got a phone call from the coroner."
Tiffany died on the restroom floor. Her friend who also overdosed was revived and is recovering.
"It's terrible knowng that's where it was. Her approximate time of death was 11 o'clock but nobody found her until 1:15 in the morning," she said. Birely now puts her support behind groups like Operation Our Town.
"The more police that are out there, the more drug dealers are going to say they're (police) not stopping. I don't want them to stop," she said.