Cassandra “Cassie” Brooke Bothmer
On April 10, 2020, our magnificently beautiful daughter, Cassie, died from multiple organ failure as a result of her addiction to heroin and crack cocaine. She was 29 years old. We want to share her story in the hope that lives may be saved and her death will not be in vain. No one plans to be an addict.
As a child, Cassie was a treasure. She was raised in a Christian home where she was surrounded by love and was gifted in so many ways. She was a light to so many and her future was filled with promise.Addiction does not discriminate. Using heroin once is all that it takes to get hooked; from then on you are playing Russian roulette. This is what happened to Cassie. Heroin is a demon that affects the way your brain processes pleasure, taking over not just your brain but your life, destroying families and friendships.
Cassie was beautiful, feisty, in-your-face outspoken, had a robust, contagious laugh, would do anything for a friend, and always lit up a room with her smile, energy and crazy sense of humor. She had a deep love for the under-privileged and those with special needs. Hers was a 10 year struggle, starting with opioids and progressing to heroin. Many loved ones did everything they could to get her to stop, but heroin won the battle and took her body and mind. It did not, however, steal her heart or her salvation.
The day Cassie died, a part of us died along with her. We will miss her every day for the rest of our lives. The pain of her death is heartbreaking and intolerable, which is why stories like Cassie’s should not be ignored. The only way we will conquer the heroin epidemic is to share our stories and raise awareness.
Cassie will be greatly missed by her mother and father, Mark and Carrie Packett Bothmer; her biological father Glenn Taylor, II; her beautiful daughters, Avah Kreamer and McKenna Bothmer; her sisters, Caillie Medlin, Carleigh-Ann Bothmer and Caraline Bothmer; her brothers, Glenn Taylor III and Dylenn Taylor and their mother Kristina LewnesTaylor; her loving grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins and friends.
Cassie, you have now found the peace you so desperately searched for here on earth. Before your descent into drugs, you trusted Jesus as your Savior and that fact is the biggest reason we can smile through the pain. Knowing you, there is no doubt you have a front row seat in heaven and are ecstatic with how many people loved you and have been truly affected by your death. Knowing you, you would also be screaming at the top of your lungs to get the attention of those who are considering this path,begging them to find hope and peace in the only true source of life, Christ Jesus.
A celebration of her heavenly homecoming will be held at Chesapeake Christian Fellowship in Davidsonville, Maryland at a date to be announced in the future due to the restrictions associated with COVID-19. Out of respect for our family absolutely no drama will be tolerated. Let us honor Cassie for the beautiful young woman she was when the heroin didn't have its death grip on her.
"For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor death, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.." Romans 8:38-39