Update: Drugs Possible Cause in Death of Dana Hills Sophomore Kelsey Gail Burris

The 16-year-old died March 26. Toxicology reports are pending, according to Sheriff's Department.

Kelsey Gail Burris, 16, a sophomore at , died Saturday in Dana Point of a possible drug overdose, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

Public Information Officer Jim Amormino said sheriff's officials were dispatched to the 34000 block of Silver Lantern, the home of Burris' 19-year-old boyfriend, at 3:17 a.m. Saturday morning.

"The call came in that a 16-year-old female was unresponsive and paramedics were also called," Amormino said. "When paramedics arrived, she was unresponsive. She was transported to San Clemente Hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival."

Amormino said the unnamed boyfriend told police that the two fell asleep on Friday evening, March 25, and when he woke up the next morning, Burris was not responding.

"The autopsy has been completed, pending toxicology reports to find out the cause of death," Amormino said. "Homicide was also called and reported there was nothing suspicious. We are looking at a possible drug overdose."

Amormino said depending on what the report reveals, because Burris was a minor, the case could go to the Orange County district attorney's office.

A toxicology report could take up to six weeks.

Services for Burris will be held Sunday, April 3, at 4 p.m. at O’Connor Laguna Hills Mortuary, 25301 Alicia Pkwy., Laguna Hills. 

A letter from Dana Hills High School Principal Robert Nye to parents and students via the district Listserv said, "A team of counselors and support staff have been made available to students and will continue through the entire week or as long as they are needed.  Please keep the Burris family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time."

If you would like to make a donation to help the family with the memorial services, make the checks out to Kathy Burris and write “Kelsey Burris Memorial Fund” on the memo line. Donations can be deposited at any Wells Fargo Bank branch.

Check back for more developments.

Colleen Verruto March 31, 2011 at 10:33 PM
So sad i feel helpless in our community.. To many lives gone
Jane April 01, 2011 at 12:31 AM
I think it was unneccessary to print her photo. I'd rather give the family some privacy at this time.
Lori Smith April 01, 2011 at 02:45 AM
I'm so very sorry for you loss. I too lost my 15 year old son Nolan 1/16/2009. If you need to talk call me 949-395-1456. Would like to help if I can. Lori Smith
Lori Smith April 01, 2011 at 02:49 AM
Will be there for her service.
Jodi Barber April 01, 2011 at 02:48 PM
My deepest sympathy to the family? Your daughter was very beautiful. My heart is broken once again for the life of the young! May she live in peace in heaven with my son.<3
kody April 01, 2011 at 06:24 PM
they didnt need to post this we dont need this right now im her brother and i was really close to her and the last article they have a pic of me and my bro just not right always and forever kelsey youll be in my heart RIP
peggy melkonian April 01, 2011 at 06:57 PM
I am so sorry for your loss. We lost precious Mark last year too. It breaks my heart so much to hear that another beautiful person is gone too soon. My prayers go out to all the family and friends in your time of deep sorrow. Peggy Melkonian
mark russo April 01, 2011 at 06:59 PM
Kody, I'm sorry for your loss ,i feel your pain .I lost my 20 yr old son 4 months ago . stay strong kid . GOD BLESS from theRusso family
Lori Smith April 01, 2011 at 10:42 PM
Im so very sorry Kody! Lori. Lost my 15 yr old son 1/16/2009. People wrote such rude things to the OC register. It really hurt me.
Jodie April 01, 2011 at 10:52 PM
Lori, I'm sorry for your loss. I don't know who your son was, but I've read plenty of rude comments on OCR. Some people seem to derive pleasure from posting tasteless comments.
Jodie April 01, 2011 at 10:53 PM
Kody, So sorry for your loss. My sympathies to you and your family.
Jodie April 01, 2011 at 10:54 PM
Peggy, Sorry for your loss. My son goes to DHHS. He didn't know Mark, but losing a classmate certainly hit home. My sympathies to you for your loss.
Debbie L. Sklar (Editor) April 01, 2011 at 11:08 PM
Kody: We are very sorry for the loss of your beautiful sister, Kelsey. We had a lot of readers who wrote in asking how they could pay their respects and/or post their comments this is why we added her photo. We called on Thursday asking who the young men were in the photo with her that was posted on the O'Connor site and they were closed at O'Connor. It looks like there are a few parents and others who have written in and sent you their condolences and who also shar in your pain. Our prayers to your family and strength.
AfriendofMr.Jakums April 02, 2011 at 07:33 PM
Please kids stay away from drugs, there are so many beautiful things in this world.Drugs will take everything away from you.I know,I have spent 4 decades hurting myself and the ones who loved me.Make the right choice,be a leader you are not sheep.God bless all the parents who lose their children.God bless the ones who are taken so young.Everyday is a gift to you,realize that and try and help someone.
johnny Pollastro April 03, 2011 at 04:13 PM
I'm sorry for your Family's loss. The answers are the hardest to find. We all need to stand together as one and try to learn and fight this until the end of time. My 20 year old Nephew past away in December 2010 from the same thing and all my family does is wonder how it could of been different now it's time to find a solution for this. Prayers are sent to you and your family.
Lanni Dickerson April 03, 2011 at 05:37 PM
I miss Riley so much and I hope your family findscomfort from those around us whove been through it already
Sylvia April 04, 2011 at 06:26 PM
My heart is broken for you. Another life gone to soon from us. May God comfort you and hold you close in this time of great sorrow and in all the days of your life. This place is not our home, Kelsey is now in Eternal peace and joy, and nothing will ever harm her. There will be no tears, pain, or suffering. Love is Eternal, she will always be with you in spirit. My name is Sylvia and my son Mark, also passed away last year, he attended DHHS, he was only 17 yrs old. I have received phone calls from his friends that are so sad to hear now about Kelsey. Please contact me, I will help you in any way I can. My phone number is 714.916.8097. "The Lord is close to the Brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit" Psalm 34:18
gavin May 07, 2011 at 08:26 PM
i worked with kelsey. she was a really cool person, i cannot get over how much this is affecting me. no family should go through this. im sorry!
Kyrie July 12, 2011 at 02:59 AM
I Love You, Kelsey! And I always will. I talk to you all the time. I am still in shock that you are not on this plane - but I know you are near - I can feel your awesome energy and your zest for life! Never a goodbye Kelsey, ... Only Love.... Millie
Darlene Asroui January 17, 2012 at 10:59 PM
I just lost my sixteen year old grandaughter 12/20/11 we are awaiting toxicolagy report. We fear it is going to come back prescripiton pills We have to stop this ! . Darlene Irvine California


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