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Family's heart wrenching story gets national attention

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Connor's name will be added to this memorial honoring those who have donated their organs. Facebook photo Connor's name will be added to this memorial honoring those who have donated their organs. Facebook photo

The heartbroken family of a California teen who died after smoking one hit of synthetic pot is taking their message about the dangerous drug to TV, after their story went viral on the web. They also have a suggestion for those touched by their son's death.

Connor Eckhardt, 19, died on July 16 after smoking synthetic marijuana, which is also known as SPICE and K2.

Connor's grief-stricken family created a Facebook page to honor him and to spread the word about the dangers of synthetic marijuana.

Photos on the page chronicle Connor's short life and provide a glimpse into the immense suffering his family is dealing with after his death.

The page includes candid family photos of Connor as a child, as an adult, and unconscious and near death in a hospital room. Photos of his funeral service are also posted on the page.

Heart wrenching posts by Connor's family accompany the photos.

"Minutes after leaving my son's side for the last time, as we headed out to watch for the helicopters leave with his organ donations, we stopped at the Hoag Hospital "Tree of Life"....

The emotions overwhelmed us as we stopped to consider what was happening at that very moment. Even now as I write this, I keep thinking, "this is just a bad dream..., it isn't real. I can call Connor right now".

In fact, this Friday we were set to have dinner together and then spend Saturday surfing again down in San Clemente. Now, I don't know what to do with myself. I love you son!! I miss you so much. If Connor's story has touched you in any way, consider becoming an organ donor," wrote Connor's father Devin Eckhardt.

Connor's Facebook page has now caught the attention of CNN's Headline News and news stations in the Los Angeles area. The family is making appearances on TV news programs to share their tragic story with the hope that it could save lives.

"Please pray for us that Connor's name will be honored, that Spice will be shown in the dangerous light that it is, that Christ will be shine in us and through us and that people will ban together for the cause of helping one another through this crazy thing we call life," wrote mother Veronica Eckhardt.

Connor Eckhardt's Facebook page

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