Florida Grandmother Dies Months After Being Beaten By Man on Flakka

By McCarton Ackerman 06/17/15

Was Louise Clinton's death the result of injuries suffered from flakka-induced rage?

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In a truly tragic case that highlights the dangers of flakka, an 83-year-old grandmother has died after being severely beaten by a man in a flakka-induced rage.

Florida native Louise Clinton passed away on the morning of June 13. Her beating at the hands of Derren Morrison, 26, took place three months earlier on March 9. She spent several weeks in intensive care after suffering broken bones, a fractured neck and ribs, and cuts that required stitches.

Clinton was eventually released from the hospital, though it’s still unclear if her injuries resulted in her death. Investigators are still waiting on the outcome of an autopsy to determine the exact cause.

“She’s sweet. She’s caring. My first question is ‘Why?’” said Akeiva Fowler, Clinton’s granddaughter, the day after the attack. “She’ll be 83 next month.”

Police reports indicate that Morrison knocked on Clinton’s door and attacked her when she opened it. Investigators said they first noticed a destroyed living room and blood on the floor when walking into the crime scene. They later found Morrison collapsed on the street, bloodied and in a state of delirium.

After receiving medical treatment himself, Morrison was arrested and released to Palm Beach County Jail. He faces charges of first-degree attempted murder and will likely be sentenced to life in prison if convicted.

Flakka has been in the headlines of late because of users displaying violent and aggressive behavior. Other recent incidents in Florida include a 17-year-old girl who was arrested by police after running down a street naked, covered in blood and screaming “I am God! I am Satan!” Several attempted break-ins at police precincts have been reported, as well as a man who stood on his roof, naked and wielding a gun while yelling, “I’m feeling delusional and hallucinating!”

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