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Heroin Memorial - 2016/05/01 - Zachary Smith - Age 22 yrs - Windber, Pennsylvania

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2016/05/01 - Zachary Smith - Age 22 yrs - Windber, Pennsylvania

Submitted by: Heather Smith - Parent

Name: Zachary Smith
State:  Pennsylvania, 15963

Date of Passing: 05/01/2016
Date of Birth: 05/08/1993
Age: 22 

Tell Us About Them:

My son was a charismatic, fun loving, hard working, kind, and polite young man. He would light up a room when he walked in. His laughter was contagious. His heart was so big. He had a dry sense of humor and quick wit.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

He started using weed and pills at 16. We didn't realize how far his addiction had gone until after about 5 years later. He requested to go to rehab after Christmas 2015. He went to rehab 1/3 and returned home on 2/5. He seemed to be doing great. No signs of drug use until he was in a tragic accident in which he was a driver that killed a 4 year old little boy. From that point on, he troubles with nightmares and sleeping. He was in counselling and going to doctors to help with his anxiety and depression. On 5/1, just 1 week before his 23rd birthday, I found him dead from a heroin overdose.


What Made Them Smile?

Everything made Zach smile. He would light up a room as soon as he would walk in. If someone was having a bad day, he was the first one there and would make sure they were laughing and carefree within minutes.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss his voice, his smile, his smell. Most of all, I miss him calling me "Mamma Bear".


If You Had a Chance to Say One More Thing to Your Angel What Would It Be?

I would give him the biggest hug and I would tell him that he had people. People that would not judge him and get him the help that he so needed.

#AskMeAboutMyAngel #HeroinMemorial #GoneToSoon

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Heroin Memorial - 2016/03/08 - LaRhonda Renee Vohl - Age 30 yrs - Independence, Kentucky

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2016/03/08 - LaRhonda Renee Vohl - Age 30 yrs - Independence, Kentucky

Submitted by: Peggy Vohl - Parent

Name: LaRhonda Renee Vohl
State:  Kentucky, 41051

Date of Passing: March 8, 2016
Date of Birth: May 5,1985
Age: 30 

Tell Us About Them:

LaRhonda was my second bitten child my first daughter. She was beautiful and funny. She loved helping people and animals.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

LaRhonda suffered all her life with learning disabilities, bipolar disorder and ADHD. She struggled with the way she was on and off meds in and out of psychiatric hospitals and treatment centers. She never felt like she fit in and she began drinking at age 16 than by b18 was smoking pot. I think she had tried every drug at least once. She had tried many times to kill herself and over dose. She lost custody of her daughter and hardly ever got to see her and the part 4 years she never seen her unless it was in a picture I showed her.


What Made Them Smile?

Animals always made LaRhonda smile if it was up to her she would have a houseful of pets. She was funny and would do the diluted things to get other people to smile.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss her laugh. I miss her face. I miss how she helped me and I miss Wycombe her spending time with her little sisters.


If You Had a Chance to Say One More Thing to Your Angel What Would It Be?

I always loved you even through the rough times. I never wanted this life for you I wanted you to be happy all the time I don't understand why you went back and I'm sorry I called you a dumb ass because your not.

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#AskMeAboutMyAngel #HeroinMemorial #GoneToSoon

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 Below is a video our nonprofit here created from pictures that members from the private group at Heroin Memorial gave us permission to use in our public YouTube video to help break the STIGMA around addiction.

Click here to Purchase Wristbands to support Heroin Support Inc, a 501(c)3 Nonprofit.  Below are some of the wristbands we carry.   

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Heroin Memorial - 2016/06/04 - Matthew Mercer - Age 37 yrs - Cincinnati, Ohio

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2016/06/04 - Matthew Mercer - Age 37 yrs - Cincinnati, Ohio

Submitted by: Elizabeth Gilreath - Sibling

Name: Matthew Mercer
State:  Ohio, 45205

Date of Passing: 06/04/2016
Date of Birth: 08-19-1978
Age: 37 

Tell Us About Them:

Matthew has struggled with addiction for many years. He was a kind, lovely, funny and giving when he was clean. He would light up a room as soon as soon as he walked into it. His laugh was unique and it was totally contagious. He loved like no other. He would give you the shirt of his back. He loved you like there was no tomorrow. He will be greatly missed and is loved by so many people.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Matthew has been an addict for 20 years. He struggled day to day and lost his battled on June 4, 2016.


What Made Them Smile?

Being clean


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

His laugh


If You Had a Chance to Say One More Thing to Your Angel What Would It Be?

I love you

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#AskMeAboutMyAngel #HeroinMemorial #GoneToSoon

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 Below is a video our nonprofit here created from pictures that members from the private group at Heroin Memorial gave us permission to use in our public YouTube video to help break the STIGMA around addiction.

Click here to Purchase Wristbands to support Heroin Support Inc, a 501(c)3 Nonprofit.  Below are some of the wristbands we carry.   

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Heroin Memorial - 2016/05/31 - ASHLEY Selter - Age 26 yrs - Louisville, Kentucky

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2016/05/31 - ASHLEY Selter - Age 26 yrs - Louisville, Kentucky

Submitted by: April Hays - Parent

Name: ASHLEY Selter
State:  Kentucky, 40215

Date of Passing: 5/31/2016
Date of Birth: 21190
Age: 26 

Tell Us About Them:

She had a beautiful soul she had a six year old daughter she was beautiful


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

She struggled for about a yr when they took her baby is when she became a addict it was all down hill from there in and out of rehab several times


What Made Them Smile?

Her baby girl


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

Her smile her voice her out going attiude


If You Had a Chance to Say One More Thing to Your Angel What Would It Be?

Please come home we will fix it again I promise you.the last time before she passed her so called friends left her behind in a abandoned house cops turn there head to it and there is two treatment houses that sit in front of this place

#AskMeAboutMyAngel #HeroinMemorial #GoneToSoon

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#AskMeAboutMyAngel  #HeroinMemorial   www.HeroinMemorial.org      www.HeroinSupport.org  

 Below is a video our nonprofit here created from pictures that members from the private group at Heroin Memorial gave us permission to use in our public YouTube video to help break the STIGMA around addiction.

Click here to Purchase Wristbands to support Heroin Support Inc, a 501(c)3 Nonprofit.  Below are some of the wristbands we carry.   

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/09/07 - Gary Locklear - Age 32 yrs - Rosedale, Maryland

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2015/09/07 - Gary Locklear - Age 32 yrs - Rosedale, Maryland

Submitted by: Ruth Koester - Other Family

Name: Gary Locklear
State:  Maryland, 21237

Date of Passing: 09/07/2015
Date of Birth: 06/21/1983
Age: 32 

Tell Us About Them:

Awesome Father, Grandson, Son, nephew, Cousins-Brother for a Cousin, lifetime friend for ever


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

After 10 + years watching u battle Heroin you Beat Heroin yet overdosed on Methadone (silent killer). You were not prescribed Methadone & somehow were able to buy off the streets which Murdered you. Whoever sold it to you is still making money off their next victims. Now I have to keep my head clear of depression to fight the demon that reminds me how you died? I’m not sure how to do that? But with God’s help all things are possible. I know you’re at peace. Amen


What Made Them Smile?

His daughter Zoey & playing the guitar...now u play in heaven but forever in our hearts until we see you again.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

Loosing YOU! Playing guitar with Family never complaining Free Spirit never judged others for mistakes. Always a blessing of joy in the worse times.


If You Had a Chance to Say One More Thing to Your Angel What Would It Be?

I can't believe this happened. It wasn't your time. I miss you so much! Your mother is a wreck! She thinks it's her fought & I can't deal with the grief not just loosing you but the grief. It's like a nightmare without an ending. But I know you're at peace. Praise be to Our Lord of All Hope "Jesus" amen.

#AskMeAboutMyAngel #HeroinMemorial #GoneToSoon

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#AskMeAboutMyAngel  #HeroinMemorial   www.HeroinMemorial.org      www.HeroinSupport.org  

 Below is a video our nonprofit here created from pictures that members from the private group at Heroin Memorial gave us permission to use in our public YouTube video to help break the STIGMA around addiction.

Click here to Purchase Wristbands to support Heroin Support Inc, a 501(c)3 Nonprofit.  Below are some of the wristbands we carry.   

DestroysBlack   HeavenPurpleBlack    IHatePurple

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