Michael J. Crutchfield, 21
I wanted to become stable and maybe one day take care of you in a place far from the drugs and abuse and all the wrong I had to experience. I guess I have failed you, but it turns out I can't do it alone.
— Michael Crutchfield, in a suicide note to his young nephew
Crutchfield went into foster care after police raided a methamphetamine lab at his mother's home on his 16th birthday, according to a two-part series on his suicide in the Sacramento Bee. When he shot himself to death he didn't know how to reach his family and had not talked to them in a year.