On March 9, 2023, a freshman from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill overdosed on fentanyl outside a Duke University dorm.
She died in a hospital two days later, surrounded by family and friends, according to her obituary.
Very few people knew about her death, until a Duke student journalist started investigating, learning that 19-year-old Grace Burton wasn’t the only UNC student or alum to recently die from fentanyl poisoning.
She wasn’t even the only one to lose her life to an overdose that week. Now federal agents say the same person supplied the drugs to both students.
Duke student and journalist Charlotte Kramon heard about Burton’s on-campus death and figured more information would come out publicly.
But, she says, “There was no announcement; there were very few people outside of some of those who were close to the situation that knew.”
Kramon started looking into the death and charges related to it, publishing her findings along with co-author Michael Hewlett in the online magazine The Assembly.