Zackary Foster

Age: 13 | State: | County: Franklin | Case Status: Other

On August 29, 2021 I lost my son, Zackary to fentanyl poisoning while he was staying the night at a friend’s house. Zack’s friend testified that he had found drugs in the home, and they decided to experiment. Zack was 13, and my only chid.

Seven months after his passing arrests were made in Zackary’s case. Andrew Amelung and Thomas Noonan were indicted by a Grand Jury and charged with two felonies: Endangering the Welfare of a Child Causing Death, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child Causing Serious Injury. The mother of Zack’s friend, while charges were issued, is not directly charged in Zackary’s death.

On November 27, 2023 the jury trial for Andrew Amelung began. Three days later he was found guilty on all charges. On March 4, 2024 Amelung was sentenced to a total of 40 years and justice for Zack began. We continue to wait for Thomas Noonan and Christian Noonan’s trials to be scheduled. Both are currently free.

Zack was a kind and loving soul whose heart was huge. He gravitated towards anyone who needed a friend, and loved them as deeply as he loved his family. His passing has left a void that will never heal, it will never become smaller. Through his story I will continue to live life for him, and prevent as many senseless tragedies from occurring as I can.

Since Zack’s passing I have dedicated my life to substance use awareness and education. I proudly serve on the Board of Directors for Addiction Is Real, a non profit based in the St. Louis area, and have been honored to speak at several events sharing Zack’s story. The loss of our children and the need to create awareness and change begins with us. May all our voices be heard.