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Mother of man shot and killed in 2012 standoff: Synthetic drugs 'destroyed my son'

Jonathan Love (Courtesy: Sherrie Meeks) Jonathan Love (Courtesy: Sherrie Meeks)

The mother of a man shot and killed during a standoff in Franklin County in 2012 is speaking out for the first time, nine months after her son led police on a chase following a home invasion.

Authorities said Jonathan Love of Gladewater broke into a house before leading authorities on a chase, ramming a deputy's patrol car and finally pulling out his gun.

But now, Love's mother said she believes all of it is connected to his use of synthetic drugs which began just a month before the incident took place. For her, the man that night was not the man she knew.

"He was very awesome," Meeks said. "He did his job, he always worked his job. He was an awesome man and got to be an awesome parent."

Her son was shot nine times after police said he pulled out his gun. He died in the hospital five days later.

Meeks said about a month before the chase happened, her son's friends got him into K2 and a form of synthetic methamphetamine.

"This stuff is not good," Meeks said. "It is so dangerous. It puts people in a whole different perspective, just totally out of the ordinary of what these people would have been."

The son she remembers is a soldier, serving eight years in the service and two tours in Iraq. Love also won multiple Army awards, including two achievement, two commendation and a good conduct medal.

She said her son was also a donor. All of his organs went to save the lives of others.

But now, Meeks said she wants to turn the tragedy into something positive. She is now focusing on banning substances she believes destroyed her son's life.

"I still have a high school boy," Meeks said. "He is a senior this year. I don't want any parent to ever have to go through what this feels like, to bury a child no matter how old they are. It needs to be shut down, because there's too many kids that like to go there. This stuff needs to be gone. It needs to be out of Gladewater and out of this state."

While some synthetic drugs were outlawed by Texas in 2011, vendors simply change the formula and use substances not covered by the law. Attempts to pass further legislation at the state level failed in May.

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