Plainfield Man Charged With Homicide in Heroin Overdose Death

Christopher Carrara is charged in the death of 22-year-old Matthew Parker of Plainfield.

Christopher Carrara. Credit: DuPage County Sheriff's Office
Christopher Carrara. Credit: DuPage County Sheriff's Office
An unincorporated Plainfield man is charged with drug-induced homicide after allegedly selling a fatal dose of heroin to 22-year-old Matthew Parker, also of Plainfield.

Christopher Carrara, 26, of 4515 Peacock Lane in Joliet, is accused of selling heroin to Parker the night before Parker's death. The alleged drug deal happened in the Joliet area, police said.

Detective Sgt. Kevin McQuaid said Plainfield police responded to a report of a possible drug overdose at Parker's home in the 16600 block of Winding Creek Road on the morning of Sunday, Aug. 11. Officers began CPR on Parker, who was unresponsive and not breathing, but were unable to revive him.

Plainfield EMS transported Parker to Presence St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, where he was later pronounced dead. His death was ruled to be the result of a heroin overdose, McQuaid said in a press release.

McQuaid said investigators were able to determine that Parker had purchased heroin from Carrara just hours before his death.

A warrant for Carrara's arrest was issued Sept. 26, according to police. He remains in custody at the DuPage County Adult Detention Facility, where he has been held since mid-August on unrelated charges, McQuaid said.

According to DuPage County records, Carrara was arrested Aug. 14 — just days after Parker's death — on charges of retail theft. He has yet to post bond, which has been set at $11,000.

In addition to the drug-induced homicide charge, Carrara is also charged with delivery of a controlled substance.

So far in 2013, there have been 29 heroin overdose deaths in Will County, including three in Plainfield, according to the coroner's office.

Kaitlyn F October 03, 2013 at 01:59 PM
Stephanie - it is sad that you are comparing a drug dealer to someone who works for Mcdonalds or a convenient store or a restaurant/bar. Those people who work at those places are more than likely trying to support a family, or maybe making peoples day by giving good customer service, or maybe in this economy that was all they could get at the time. Those people are doing nothing ILLEGAL! If i sold a cheeseburger to someone who may have passed away from a heart attack, I would show remorse, but I wouldn't be the one to blame because there was absolutely nothing illegal about what I did. thats just an example. I find it very strange that you are defending someone who could have had that job at mcdonalds or at home depots or anywhere else but no he chose to play 'god' and illegally sell drugs when he isn't licensed to. I believe if that yound man was your son or your husband or anyone else you loved, you would be happy that 1 less dealer was on the streets so that no one would have to go what you will for the rest of your life never being able to talk to or see that person ever again. These situations are tough. and you say it is 'supid and dangerous and wrong' but there is absolutely nothing wrong with working at a bar or a mcdonalds or a home depot. so your arguement just went out the window. He is going to jail, he will serve his time and think about how he can fix it for the future and save lives while in jail. That is EXACTLY what is needed, if they could arrest every drug dealer then thousands of people wouldnt have addictions and thousands of people wouldn't loose their lives. And just so you know, no one CHOOSES to get addicted to something, that is why addiction is a disease, you dont ask for it. All it takes is one time and there is no turning back. Was it a bad choice to continue buying drugs? absolutely! But, unless you know what it feels like to be addicted to something whether it is Heroine Cigarettes Alcohol etc, then you shouldn't judge him because breaking a habit or an addiction is probably the hardest thing you will ever do. People who are addicted to heroine or alcohol cant go to the grocery store and buy a patch to make it better, its not that simple. You also cant say he was 'pointing the finger' because he is not around to point anything at anyone. For someone who says they aren't 'defending the dealer' it sure does sound like it since youre against the charges, so once again your arguement about what should and shouldnt happen is invalid and you just continue to contradict yourself with saying 'its wrong' 'but he shouldnt be charged'. And, no one is attacking you, you have an opinion and everyone else has theirs (which is fine), but if you cant take comments back about how everyone else feels maybe you shouldn't say anything at all.
Kelly October 03, 2013 at 02:07 PM
You're obviously very uneducated, Stephanie, and probably an addict yourself. Calling us bitchy, your an idiot. GETTING THE DRUG DEALERS OFF THE STREETS IS THE FIRST STEP INTO CLEANING UP AMERICA FROM THIS HIGHLY ADDICTIVE DRUG!!! Again, he as well as all his friends, deserve time in jail!! He laced or CUT THE HEROIN WITH SOMETHING TO MAKE MORE MONEY. You want to be stupid and compare it to a cheeseburger? That cheeseburger didn't have antifreeze in it, nor do the bartenders ROOFIE the drinks to sell more and profit more!! You're not comparing apples to apples.
Lisa S. October 03, 2013 at 02:18 PM
"And just so you know, no one CHOOSES to get addicted to something, that is why addiction is a disease, you dont ask for it." Really? This is half the problem- lack of personal responsibility. Yes, blame here goes in part to the dealer. But iut also goes to the person who CHOSE to take the drugs. ne dealer off the street is great- however the drug trade is too lucrative for it to ever come to an end. Hitting the manufacture is the only way to slow it down.
Lisa S. October 03, 2013 at 02:20 PM
@Mayhem...thanks for the explanation. I have a number of family members in law enforcement who also commented that it shouldn't take 45 days. So I guess it's a just a matter of expectations, workload, and priorities.
Kaitlyn F October 03, 2013 at 02:20 PM
just put it this way... what he was doing was illegal. if he got caught selling drugs he would have gotten punished. but, in this case, he got caught because someone was killed. so now he is being punished for both. which is what should happen. people pass away all the time because of this problem, dont you think these dealers know that when they CHOOSE to sell drugs? of course they do! so now, he can be punished for illegally selling drugs and in turn someones life was taken. AND, if people would read the article it says "A warrant for Carrara's arrest was issued Sept. 26, according to police. He remains in custody at the DuPage County Adult Detention Facility, where he has been held since mid-August on unrelated charges, McQuaid said. According to DuPage County records, Carrara was arrested Aug. 14 — just days after Parker's death — on charges of retail theft. He has yet to post bond, which has been set at $11,000. So far in 2013, there have been 29 heroin overdose deaths in Will County, including three in Plainfield, according to the coroner's office." All of these lost lives just in this area! Do you have a better solution to the problem other than puting the sellers away Stephanie? i would love to hear it. At least we dont live in a state where the death penalty is put in place. So obviously this kid was up to no good prior to this happening so why is anyone defending him? he is making bad choices so he needs to get straightened out and maybe jail is exactly what he needs.
Kelly October 03, 2013 at 02:21 PM
Thank you Kaitlyn F! Losing a loved one due to a disease like an addiction to heroin is tragedy enough and Stephanie, you obviously can't sympathize with someone who has loved ones die or addicted to anything! It effects EVERYONE'S LIVES AROUND THAT PERSON. It only takes one time and genetically you can get addicted. But let's defend the murderer who put something as stupid as rat poison in a drug to make more profit. How many more people have to die in this area or any at all for it to stop! I wouldn't be surprised if your friends with, dating, or helping a dealer, based on your "opinion". If you can't take the heat, GET THE HELL OUT OF THE KITCHEN.
Amanda J October 03, 2013 at 02:22 PM
Stephanie, although you are entitled to your opinion, as is everyone else, the reason Chris is getting charged is because the law believes he was fully aware that he was selling a lethal dose to the buyer. When you intentionally sell a lethal dose to someone, it is a homicide. For the record, as a bartender myself, you can get arrested for homicide if a person were to drink and drive after being overserved. It is our job to recognize when we have served too much and cut them off, call them a ride, etc. There are laws for that. Getting one dealer off the street at a time is the best approach to the problem, and homicide will keep him off the street for the longest amount of time.
Mayhem October 03, 2013 at 02:25 PM
@Stephanie It is you that has some growing up to do. You are the one whom is being "bitchy". You have proven by your rant above that you are young and don't have a clue. What is it that you "think" you know about addiction? What do you know about raising and then losing a child? Do you have any idea as to how your first comment sounds to the deceased mans parents? Any idea on how your comment could make them feel? Make sure to remember your callous comments when you have a child of your own, and that child makes a mistake. No one was bashing you, simply trying to educate you. See, us adults do know a thing or two about life. Some of us in Law Enforcement, some in education, and some with medical backgrounds. You still have a lot to learn. The one thing that you are correct about is that everyone does have a right to their opinion. That being said, maybe you should relax. You are displaying a lot of hostility and "bitchy" behavior. Therapy perhaps?
Nicole Mandaschet October 03, 2013 at 02:34 PM
Everyone has their own opinion! Has anyone seen a person on heroin? If the can not get it they whine, manipulate, basically make everyone feel bad for them, they will do just about anything to get high! If it was not this guy who gave it to him someone else would have. I do not believe he should be charged with homicide, thats not fair, how was he suppose to know he was going to die? The guy gave him the money for the amount he wanted, he knew doing heroin is only playing with death, he did it to himself! I know a few people who have died from heroin, they did not go after the "dealer", no one made a big fuss about it. Why? because it is their own fault they end up dead!
Kaitlyn F October 03, 2013 at 02:36 PM
lisa- research addiction and tell me that it isn't a disease. because yes you have to have some self control but you also have to have the support and the help to overcome the addiction. some people are born with an addictive personality where it is much harder for them to kick an addiction than it would be for other people.. no one wakes up and says 'i want to be an addict when i grow up', but again chris chose to be a drug dealer, i know it was for the money, but he could have chosen to do anything for money, instead he wanted to go for the fast easy money that entitled him to determine if someone lives or not by puting other harmful things in the drug or giving them an amount that would be considered lethal.. he chose that, so i highly doubt you know what you are talking about, unless you have some personal experience or you know someone who has an addiction to something like heroin then dont comment and say that they make a choice because its so much more than just a choice.. and again you as well as stephanie continue to contradict yourselves, you say what the dealer was doing was wrong but that he shouldn't be convicted! make up your mind. im sure you can think of a better idea other than calling all the manuf and telling them to stop producing drugs that people actually use the right way and dont abuse.
William Bennett October 03, 2013 at 02:42 PM
Well, arguing isn't going to really solve anything. Sometimes the best we can do is agree to disagree, and be okay with that. Attempting to see each other's viewpoints - well, sometimes that is really the best that we can do. I do have to say, while there are no easy answers, sad as this case is, I would have to agree with Stephanie. Where is personal responsibility? With the utmost of compassion towards Matthew's spirit and what the family must be going through, was it not Matthew Parker's choice to take that heroin?... Heroin - that unless you live under a rock or are completely being ignorant - pretty much everyone knows the risks involved. I'm not saying the drug dealer shouldn't be punished - but for homicide? There was a choice to seek out a dealer and buy it. It's not like the dealer shoved it down his throat and made him take it, which would be a different story then. Homicide - sure; at least it would be more cut and dry. If this were my son or daughter, would I be angry, upset and distraught at the dealer. You bet. But, I would also realize the personal responsibility we all possess, and the choices we each choose to make, no matter how unfortunate. At the same time, I do also agree with the others that are pro charges of homicide. As a parent myself, it would probably be my first reaction in acting out of pain, hurt and anguish over the loss of my child. But, nothing will bring them back. Forgiveness is the only thing that can heal (and in this case, and similar, EXTREMELY difficult - not sure if I could). Amanda - unfortunately, you will never get all of the dealers off of the street as long as there is a need; as long as drugs are what people seek. There is a need, and dealers provide a service and fulfill that need. So, wherein does the problem really lie? A bit of chicken and egg dilemma. So, some Food for Thought - should the doctor that orders a dose of prescription drugs - drugs that can be as addicting and dangerous, or more so, than heroin - then also be charged with homicide for every patient that dies from those drugs? Plus, it is a fact that no doctor on earth can tell you exactly what taking two different prescription drugs will do to you, let alone some of the cocktails that people are on. Yes, heroin is illegal, but drug dealers provide services for those who seek their services - illegal "profession" or not. There's definitely some blurred lines here and uneasy ground - it would be one thing if the dealer gave him a toxic poison like Anthrax to take. In that case, yes - definitely murder, or at least it would be more cut and dry a case. If there wasn't a demand, the drug dealers wouldn't have an audience or an income. Here's also some food for thought when looking at the problem and its influence - basically, that prescription drug abuse is creating this problem: http://www.ncadd.org/index.php/in-the-news/377-prescription-drug-abuse-fueling-rise-in-heroin-addiction When we live in a world of drug pushers - whether legal or illegal and whether an M.D. behind their name or not - what do we expect from behavior? Illegal or not, drugs are drugs - and abuse is abuse - and they can all be dangerous in their own right depending on which one. Case in point - my hospitalized mother-in-law was complaining of pain near her abdomen, and the nurse without even problem solving and assuming she had pain internally immediately said, "We have something for that." (meaning some drug that would help internal pain) Luckily, my wife was there and said, "Woah - wait a sec..." and problem solved a bit. Turns out the reason for her pain was very simple - it's where her shots were being administered! The only reason she had pain was from the needles, and yet they would have happily gave her some drug she didn't need. WTF!
Kaitlyn F October 03, 2013 at 02:46 PM
I think everyone here is missing the point. every dealer in the world is not going to get caught, why? because people do not talk about their dealers to law enforcement, dealers aren't putting adds online about their product and that its on sale, they aren't advertising on comercials trying to get every addict in the world to come buy from them. If every dealer went to jail thats thousands of lives saved compared to how many we lose every day. This boy did not chose to have an addiction, and Nicole you are right, someone on heroin is very childish and will do whatever they need to do to get what they want. But, you have to keep in mind, if you wanted to make some money Nicole, would you go sell drugs to this young man just to make a few bucks knowing it wasnt the right thing to do? knowing it was illegal? knowing it could kill someone? i would think not. so lets be realistic, he is going to jail, he is not dieing, everyone in his family and all of his friends will see him at some people down the road. now as for the young man who is now gone, no one will ever have anymore moments with him, conversations, memories. I think people are expecting every dealer to be punished now that 1 out of hundreds has been, but the reality of it is, you will never take them all off of the streets it is impossible. BUT, 1 person out of hundreds off the street saves one more life if not more.
Kelly October 03, 2013 at 02:52 PM
How about you comment on something as tragic as this, when you have lost or known someone closely addicted to anything. You all defending the dealer are idiots. As said before, HE LACED IT TO MAKE MORE MONEY!!! HE WAS ACTING FOR HIS OWN GOOD!! PLUS HE'S A DRUG DEALER!!! Really? You're all making yourselves look stupid!
Mayhem October 03, 2013 at 02:55 PM
@Lisa S... 45 days is a long time, especially to those close to the deceased young man. I know it must feel like a lifetime. I do hope though that the length of time it took wasn't due to a priority issue. Maybe more a matter of a lot of leads to follow up on to get the hard/strong evidence against this guy. It takes a lot of effort to get people to talk. People don't want to "roll" on people for fear, and it takes some doing by the investigators to get those people to open up. Will County has been hit especially hard. The taskforce is doing a great job at trying to tackle the problem. I know this type of situation all too well. Yes, people are making lethal decisions everyday. Yes, there is responsibility on both parties to the situation. You are right Lisa, it does need to stop at the manufacturers level. Unfortunately, you are right again with your statement that the drug trade is too lucrative. This is a huge start though. It sends a strong message to all the "Upper Level Management". It puts them on notice that if the dealer can be charged with a homicide, everyone else in that chain of command can be charged with the crime as well.
Kaitlyn F October 03, 2013 at 03:00 PM
Mayhem - agreed.
Kaitlyn F October 03, 2013 at 03:43 PM
this is not the first time something like this has happened..... "EDWARDSVILLE, IL. (KTVI) – Madison County ‘s State’s Attorney has charged 27-year-old Mary Ellen Johnson of Alton, in the death of 34-year-old Michael Johnson. Johnson is charged with Drug Induced Homicide, for providing the heroine that killed Michael Johnson. The death happened on July 11th, around 4:00 pm on Washington Avenue in Alton. Paramedics were called to Ms. Johnson’s home, were they found Michael Johnson. He was pronounced dead at the scene." my heart goes out to the family that lost Parker. the stats say something about the issue, I wish addiction was something that no one had to go through.. it is sad to see people hurt and pass away. everyone can help these people, when you know of someone with a problem, dont wait for it to fix itself.. http://www.willcountyillinois.com/ElectedOfficials/Coroner/OverdoseStatistics/tabid/472/Default.aspx
Bobby Williams October 03, 2013 at 03:43 PM
Well still from where I sit I don't think he should be charged with drug induced homicide. Did he shove the needle in the other mans arm on purpose? Probably not and from what I was taught growing up is that as a grown man takes responsibility for his own actions. I can sell a gun to someone in my state legally in a garage sale. Not my problem if someone uses it for a crime after I sell it. Yes it is illegal to sell, so charge him with that.
Mayhem October 03, 2013 at 04:28 PM
@Kaitlyn..... You're right. Several other men in Will County were charged some months back as well. I am pleased that these arrests are being made. It's a clear message to those who want to be a player in the dope game that they are also taking a risk; not just the addict.
Vicky Polito October 03, 2013 at 05:48 PM
I wanted to toss one other angle into the discussion since I've had some experience with another aspect of this: there is a growing heroin problem, particularly with teens, but many of them (not all) turned to heroin because they were first using legal, addictive, prescription drugs, often swiped from the medicine cabinet in their own house or in the homes of friends and originally prescribed for the adults in their lives. It is worth remembering that you might catch drug abuse that may turn deadly earlier if you monitor your medications at home. Sadly, and even surprisingly, the pill addiction some kids develop ends up replaced by heroin use because heroin is cheaper and easier to get once the pill bottle is empty and the kids who are now addicted to getting that high find out that the cost of pills on the street is many times that of heroin. So, everyone can help by keeping an eye on the prescription bottles they have, too, and maybe a few kids can get help before it gets worse or is simply too late. Bottom line: legal pharmaceuticals are very serious drugs, too, many of them the legal equals--true equals--of drugs like heroin and getting rid of illegal drug dealers isn't the whole solution. It would be good, but it won't fix it all.
Brittany Allen October 03, 2013 at 08:33 PM
I dated this guy for almost three years and stood by and literally watched him throw his life away. He has been a drug user for years, and was physically and mentally abusive. He only cares about himself and he is getting exactly what he deserves.
Anna Gutierrez October 04, 2013 at 08:55 AM
Hopefully people will learn from this and stop hanging around the people who do/sell drugs.
Adam Burton October 04, 2013 at 04:11 PM
This is why if you gotta use a go phone lol
Adam Burton October 04, 2013 at 04:19 PM
Legalization is what prevents sad deaths such as this. The fact the purity is unknown makes a user over 100x more likely to overdose. You arrest one dealer and another dealer will take his place due to there still being a demand and that demand will never fully go away. You would learn that in your first econ class. Simple supply and demand. By law it is the dealers fault, in reality though it was the users choice/victim of drug prohibition.
Melanie Shag October 05, 2013 at 12:47 PM
Even if this drug was legalized, the dealer would still be responsible for the death because he sold a bad dose...a mix that was wrong and it killed him...there no evidence that he didn't mean to kill him either.
Hugo October 05, 2013 at 11:09 PM
Two birds, one stone.
Kaitlyn F October 10, 2013 at 06:53 PM
It's amusing to me that you think he isn't a drug dealer because he drove to chicago to get the drugs and bring them here and sell them to support his habits.. What do you think a drug dealer does that's any different from that?? Nothing. And you assume that no one on this has any direct link or connection to this post or that people on here don't know either of them.. I did. Which is still irrelevant because you don't need to know either of them to express how you feel, people may have been in similar situations like this one with entirely different people.. Regardless of what is going to happen to Chris is irrelevant everyone will have an opinion and have emotions and feelings to what they think should and shouldn't happen and what is considered right and wrong in their eyes.. But, don't say its funny that u read all these posts and think its pathetic when you are having a comment and a say so about it just like everyone else. I have kids, I smother them with love and affection and I am passionate about family and the health of the ones I love. It's sad to hear stories like this but the reality of it is that it happens all the time and all you can do is hope and pray that something like this never directly impacts your loved ones..
Mayhem October 10, 2013 at 10:10 PM
Youngdro- so what exactly are you saying? Let me be very clear here. I can't speak for anyone else, but you are 100% wrong. I know more than any one person should know about people like these 2 men. BOTH made bad choices, and Chris will pay for his and Matt paid the ultimate price for his. Now Matts family is left to grieve the rest of their lives. You sound like you have a lot of pent up aggression. Why does it bother you so much that people have opinions? You have your opinion, others have a working background with this EXACT thing, but to assume everyone commenting on this topic is oblivious to the real world... you're way off course.
Doctor Zeus October 11, 2013 at 07:54 AM
Hope the Patch keeps us updated on Carrara's newly found prison boyfriends.
youngdro October 11, 2013 at 07:22 PM
kaitlyn i knew both of these kids... niether one was headed in a good direction. what i meant by chris is not a drug dealer is that hes trapped in his own addiction and sells dope to support his habit, in my opinion that is not a drug dealer that is a junkie selling dope to other junkies but sure well call him a drug dealer for the case. mayhem how come come you would know more than anyone else? cause im pretty sure i know a lil too much also. im one of matts friends thats why i have the aggression as you callit. it upsets me that this happened and more than people are blaming these people as their not humans. both were at fault. Doctor Zeus unfortunalty chris will not have any boyfriends in there as the prison system does not work that way anymore. it is a shame
Mayhem October 11, 2013 at 09:42 PM
Youngdro- What I was trying to relay to you is that I have a background in law enforcement and addiction. Like I said, both men made mistakes. It is a shame they couldn't be saved. A junkie died, and another goes to jail. Both are someone's child. Its tragic, and sad. But....whats done is done and the prison system will deal Chris blows for his part in this. The real losers in all of this are the people left behind like family and friends who are hurting like you. There are no winners in the dope game, because even those at the top have something to lose. I hope you are doing all the right things so that you can be successful in your life.


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