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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.

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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