KENNESAW — An overdose of alcohol is being blamed for a 16-year-old boy’s death after he downed at least two large flasks of vodka and several shots of rum at the house of a 20-year-old Kennesaw man.
That man, Kyle Douglas Walker, turned himself in Thursday to authorities at the Cobb County jail, five days after a warrant had been issued for his arrest.
Walker is accused of providing the alcohol to two 20-year-old friends and 16-year-old Alexander Fraire on the night of July 11.
Bottles of vodka and shots of rum were being handed out with encouragement to “chug,” according to police reports.
“It was just a few guys that got together and started drinking and after a few drinks it appears they got into a contest: ‘I bet you can’t do that’ and this type of thing,” said Officer Scott Luther, spokesman for the Kennesaw Police Department.
Police are still investigating who purchased the alcohol since all of those involved are under 21.
Fraire was identified by Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office as the son of Anadelia Lazaro and Wemseslad Fraire of Woodstock.
Walker is charged with five misdemeanors, including one count each of contributing or furnishing alcohol to an underage person, reckless conduct and purchase or possession of alcoholic beverages. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of one year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine, if convicted.
A teenage babysitter at the Woodstock apartment called 911 to report that Fraire was unresponsive. Although Walker is accused of giving Fraire the alcohol in Cobb County, he may also face charges in Cherokee County, said Lt. Jay Baker with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.
“His role, if any, in Cherokee County is being looked at by investigators,” Baker said. “Our investigators are working with the district attorney’s office to determine what charges they want to file.”
“We have a great deal of sadness for the victim’s family. For them to have to go through the ordeal of losing a teenager so young in life is a horrible thing,” said Bill Westenberger, Kennesaw’s chief of police. “Binge drinking is something we take seriously and the dangers we know go beyond just being behind the wheel of a car.”
Luther said Walker had a large jug, larger than a typical bottle of liquor, which he had filled with vodka.
“It was half full and they dared him (Fraire) to chug it,” Luther said. “Then they found another large container of vodka, and he chugged that. Then apparently that was followed by several shots of spiced rum.”
The results were devastating.
“Over the course of the night he became very lethargic and he passed out. They noticed he was having trouble talking before he passed out,” Luther said. “His breathing became labored and that’s when Mr. Walker said ‘get him out of here.’”
That’s when Walker’s two 20-year-old friends, Stewart Murray and James Matthew Cole, carried Fraire to their car and drove him to their apartment in Woodstock.
Fraire was reportedly vomiting and unable to walk or talk, according to the warrant.
Once inside their apartment, Murray and Cole carried the boy upstairs and put him in a chair but he had a hard time sitting up, then just passed out, Luther said.
“The next morning (about 7:30 a.m.) one of them went and checked on him and that’s when they realized he was deceased,” Luther said.
“A lot of times these underage people, they don’t understand what are the responsibilities of drinking alcohol, they don’t understand what it will do to their bodies,” Luther said.
An autopsy is being performed on Fraire’s body but could take up to several weeks to be completed.
Before Fraire’s funeral service in Woodstock, his older brother Carlos Valadez described him as good-hearted and a funny young man.
“He was a nice guy, he didn’t do nothing to nobody, he was very protecting (of other people),” Valadez said of his brother, who was 11 years younger.