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Heroin Memorial - 2015/05/17 - Theo Marinescu - Age 25 yrs - East Hampton, New York

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2015/05/17 - Theo Marinescu - Age 25 yrs - East Hampton, New York

Submitted by: Violeta Astilean - Parent

Name: Theo Marinescu
State:  New York, 11937

Date of Passing: 5/17/2015
Date of Birth: 10/7/1989
Age: 25 

Tell Us About Them:

Theo was a fun loving free spirited beautiful son with a heart of gold and contagious smile. Theo always had a way to make you smile and laugh. He always had a wonderful sense of humor. He was charismatic and wherever he went he never knew stranger and always made you feel welcomed. A gifted storyteller and always an entertainer. He loved his little brothers with all his heart. A loyal friend to many.

He always said I love you mom, I am sorry mom.....


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

In the day of May 17, 2015, our son, Theo, died from a heroin overdose.Started smoking pot in last years of high school. Progressed into pills and then heroin. We believe his addiction started about 8 years ago .but it’s hard to say for certain because this disease of the Devil entered our home slowly and quietly .... He was clean for about 7 months when he relapsed.


What Made Them Smile?

He was a happy person,smiling all the time, was hard to be serious around him.
As a young men Theo loved to watch The King of Queens and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss everything about him,I miss his voice,his face ,I miss being around him,I miss the words" I love you mom more than anything in this world,I love you mom...."


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

Love is you.
Please dont leave us. I love and miss you so much that my heart breaks each everday that I couldn't save you.

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Heroin Memorial - 2014/06/07 - Greg Bradley - Age 36 yrs - Bartlett, Tennessee

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2014/06/07 - Greg Bradley - Age 36 yrs - Bartlett, Tennessee

Submitted by: Andrea Bradley - Sibling

Name: Greg Bradley
State:  Tennessee, 38134

Date of Passing: 06/07/2014
Date of Birth: 05/03/1978
Age: 36 

Tell Us About Them:

Greg was the best big brother a girl could ask for and an even better uncle to my baby girl. He loved sports, the Memphis Tigers and Grizzlies, along with the Atlanta Braves. He loved playing video games. He was my families protector, a best friend to many, and my best friend.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

My brother dealt with alot of emotional pain throughout his life, mostly due to his weight. He suffered from depression and you could always tell when he was off his medicine. I wasn't made aware of his heroin usage until May 3rd, 2013, when his best friend called and told me while I was living in Nashville. Unfortunately, I couldn't do anything from that far away so I called my Daddy. They confronted my brother and he told them he had only tried it a few times and he did not have a problem. After that he didn't speak to me for months. Thankfully we made up before he passed, yet I was never sure he was using. I would ask questions and try to get him to slip up and tell me, but he never would. Below is my story of the night I realized how right I was, he was still using.

Below you will see the story of the night I lost my brother to a heroin overdose. I'm trying to help as many people as I can and was hoping you could share this story on your page. 

On June 7th, 2014, at 8:36 pm, my life was forever changed. I had just moved back to Memphis from Nashville with my 3 yr old daughter. That night I heard my Mom banging on my brothers door. He didn't respond and I could hear the fear in her voice. I ran out of my room and banged on the door as loud as I could while my Mom and I both yelled for him. My 3 yr old daughter was standing right in between us. After trying to kick the locked door open, I grabbed the key and opened the door to my worst nightmare. My brother, lying on the floor, face first, unresponsive. My first instinct was to grab my daughter and take her away, while instructing my Mom to call 911. I locked my daughter in my Dad's office and ran back to my brothers room. My mom then threw the phone at me not able to talk and told me to tell the 911 operator she saw a needle near him. At this time, my dad was already in my brothers room trying to flip him over so he could perform cpr. My brother was a big guy and my dad struggled to flip him over. I somehow found the strength to flip him over and my Dad began cpr. At this time, I witnessed my father punching my brothers chest, hoping to give his heart life as I was wiping the foam out of his mouth and yelling at the 911 operator. While I was wiping the foam away, he bit my finger, then the paramedics arrived. After they arrived, I got my daughter and took her outside, away from the madness. The paramedics worked on him for atleast two hours, and my Mom, Dad and I had hope for those 2 hours that everything was going to be okay. Unfortunately, that didn't happen. On June 7th, 2014, my life, my daughters life, my parents lives changed forever. I lost my brother, my daughter lost her uncle, and my parents lost their son. The pain of losing him is something that we all deal with daily. Including my now 5 yr old who still thinks her Uncle Greg is going to show up anytime. I want addicts to understand they can seek help. My brother was too proud, he thought he was invincible. He wanted to stop but heroin, his pride, and his addiction didn't allow that to happen. I pray that those using, who want to stop, will do it. If they need help, there are so many options out there. Don't put your family through the pain and suffering we live with and will live with the rest of our lives. 

I'm sorry for the long message. It's something that is always there though and after seeing your page, I wanted to thank you. I'm not sure if getting my experience out there will help others, but I feel I need to do something.


What Made Them Smile?

His niece Ella! Greg adored his niece. Time with friends and family, he was always the one joking around.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

EVERYTHING!!!! I miss everything about him.


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

I love you!

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Heroin Memorial - 2005/07/11 - Kathleen Lynch - Age 46 yrs - Bloomingdale, New Jersey

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2005/07/11 - Kathleen Lynch - Age 46 yrs - Bloomingdale, New Jersey

Submitted by: Kristin Molinaro - Parent

Name: Kathleen Lynch
State:  New Jersey, 07403

Date of Passing: 07/11/2005
Date of Birth: 3/29/59
Age: 46 

Tell Us About Them:

My mom died too young. She was 46 and was funny and loving when she was sober. She adored her grandchild and loved dancing and movies and cuddles and rescuing animals.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

My mom struggled with her addiction from a very young age, alcohol and then prescription pills in any form, uppers , downers... She then found heroin to be cheaper and while she never injected it, she snorted it and the mix was deadly when combined with her heavy drinking. She tried numerous times to get sober and sometimes it would work for a few months but she always went back to heroin and alcohol.


What Made Them Smile?

My daughter Ava made my mom smile. Watching movies together, talking, makeup and hair made her smile. Seeing her family made her smile


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss the missed opportunities of creating this life together with my new children and seeing my babies forge a bond with her is now long gone. I guess I miss the what ifs.... I miss her smell and smile, I miss her phone calls late at night drunk at a bar. I miss her chaos, her noise, her frequency. I miss the smell of alcohol and Violet's chewing gum mixed with sweat and exclamation blush. I miss her drama and her needing me for help.


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

Mom, I am sorry for not understanding your disease more. I wish I knew more about it. I am sorry that I didn't spend more time with you at the end. I am sorry I pushed you away to try and protect my child from seeing you like this. I want you to know that where ever you are now, you are missed and loved and thought about daily. You have left a hole in my heart that can never be repaired. I forgive you for being a sh#t mom but can you forgive me for letting you go ?

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Heroin Memorial - 2014/03/12 - April Louis - Bumpass, Virginia

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Submitted by: Annie Calloway - Parent
April Louis
Age: 30
DOB:  08/20/83
DOH:  03/12/2014
Virginia, 23024

Tell Us About Them:

April could light up any room with her smile. Her bubbly laughter was the sweetest music to your ears. She was a loving soul who loved deeply. Family meant everything to her. The happiest day of her life was when her daughter was born.

Addiction Struggles:

In and out of rehab, drug court, and last 18 months incarcerated.

What Made Them Smile?

Her beautiful daughter Katelyn.

What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

Her smile, bubbly laughter. Hearing her say I love you mama.

If You Had the Chance to Say One More Thing to Them Today:

I would tell her to fight, that she is worth it, that I would do anything to help her, I'd give my own life to save hers. That her daughter loves her and needs her. That I love her and need her.

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/04/07 - Paul Garcia II - Age 29 yrs - Woodhaven, Michigan

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04/07/2015 - Paul Garcia II - Age 29 yrs - Woodhaven, Michigan

Submitted by: Angel Martin - Parent

Name: Paul Garcia II
State:  Michigan, 48183
Date of Passing: 04/07/2015
Date of Birth: 11/04/1985
Age: 29 

Tell Us About Them:

He was a gifted student. He had the biggest heart and would give you literally the shirt off his back. He loved scary movies. He loved his family.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

At 15 a friend's mother injected him and 3 other teenagers with heroin, taught them how and where to buy. ( We lived in North Warren and she taught them how to take the bus to Detroit). That was how it all began. The last 15 years have been Rehab's, in patient, out patient. Dr after Dr. Jail and prison in another state. His girlfriend died on 01/07/15 and he couldn't save her. On April 7, 2015 he went to buy Heroin and got pure fentynl instead.


What Made Them Smile?

Messing with me. Making others laugh. Pretty girl's.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

His smile. His hugs and most of all hearing him say " I love you Mom". He was my only child.


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

I love you more and more every day. Please visit me let me know your OK.

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/05/05 - Joseph Briganti - Bradenton, Florida 34208

Submitted By: Kevorkian - parent

Joseph Briganti

Bradenton, Florida 34208
Date of Birth: 11/26/1977
Date of Passing: 05/05/2015

Tell Us About Them
He was so kind and loyal.....he loved us so much and sadly it wasn't until after he died that I learned how much he kept from me in order to protect me.....he had a little girl, Trinity, who is 3 years old now...... I was hoping his love for her would help to save him but I think his guilt, hopelessness and depression were a stronger force......all of my children say the same thing..."he was the nicest, best one of us all"....

Addiction Struggles 
Joe started abusing drugs in his teens....moving on to heroin by his early twenties......he went through 30 day rehabs many times and one time completed an 18 month program.... I thought he would make it that time....he was clean almost 2 years....longest time he ever had.... I know he wanted to be free so very much.....he told me he had so many things he wanted to do.....ugh...makes me so very sad.....he was almost 6 months clean when he died....had a good job, a place to live....gotten his license reinstated....hired an attorney to get custody back of his daughter, and seemed so happy..... I was on my way to visit when he was found in the back of the Home Depot parking lot..... I think he died when my plane landed in Tampa......my heart is broken....

What Made Them Smile
Seeing, and being with us always made him so happy....our family was, and still is, so dysfunctional..... I grew up in such a damaged environment.... I believed that my family would be different, but alas, dysfunction begets dysfunction..... I truly believe had we been an intact strong family my Joe would still be here......we made him smile and we all loved him....but we didn't know how to be there....still haven't learned how to love each other.....

What Do You Miss
No one in this world loved me as much as he did..... I miss his calls....always "hi mom....wanted to let you know I'm alright....I don't want you to worry mom".... I knew he was in trouble but I never understood until it was too late.....

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/06/26 - Sean Riley - Age 45 yrs - Pasadena, Maryland

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06/26/2015 - Sean Riley - Age 45 yrs - Pasadena, Maryland

Submitted by: Aleta Daley - Parent

Name: Sean Riley
State:  Maryland, 21122
Date of Passing: 06/26/2015
Date of Birth: 07/22/1969
Age: 45 

Tell Us About Them:

People knew him for his insane sense of humour (after they learned not to be AFRAID of his sometime brooding persona). For 3 of his years in recovery he had no car or license, but managed to get rides to meetings EVERY day, sometimes 2 per day, because people loved to be entertained by him. Friendship was everything to him. He adored women, had countless women friends. Texting and Facebook were made for him. All his friends tell me they miss his texting them a hundred times a day. How he had time to do that between so many face book posts, working and going to meetings, I don’t know…
Because of his addiction, depression, and self esteem issues, Sean’s main regret was never getting to have a close relationship with his son. When Sean got into recovery, he sued his ex for custody and won, but was afraid, by then, to upset Kenny’s life by taking him away from his maternal grandmother, with whom he had the only stability he had ever known. I think Sean was afraid he might infect him somehow.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Sean had an IQ of 160, but he also had ADD, before anyone was familiar with it. So he had difficulty bothering to sit in school. He quit HS, took the GED, and scored in the 98th percentile. He had started as a young teen with weed. Eventually he went on to PCP and crack. Later he told me he never met a drug he didn’t like, but was afraid of needles. In rehab at 18, he learned some things, but it didn’t “take”. He was diagnosed with depression at that time. Sean worked hard most of his life, he absolutely loved hard physical labor and had the strength of a bull. When he was in recovery, I asked him how he managed to work (aside from stints in jail)) the whole time he was using. He told me that it was his “hustle”. He wasn’t good at shoplifting, he wasn’t a prostitute, and couldn’t do armed robbery. (Not that our cash, and his brother’s things didn’t turn up missing occasionally.)
He didn’t try heroin until in his 30’s when he met a beautiful heroin addict with whom he became obsessed (She is now clean). He kicked cold turkey several times, started “coming around” to meetings on & off for a few years (between overdoses and suicide attempts and jail time). The last straw; he robbed his little brother’s house, I cut him off and told him none of us ever wanted to hear from him again unless he was clean, or dead. To our surprise he went into recovery and called when he had 6 months clean, which lasted for 5 years. His first sponsor, Chuck, made such a huge impression on him. Chuck knew how to address the mental illness AND drug addiction. But, when Sean had only 6 months clean, Chuck was killed in a motor cycle accident on the way home from a meeting, right in front of the car Sean was in. Still, Chuck had taught him enough that he was still able to stay clean through all his grief. Sean sponsored people; got his own apartment, attended church, and fell in love with a brilliant, devout young woman. Unfortunately this did not end in marriage, as he had hoped. They had different goals. She left to teach in Asia, and he spiraled into depression and eventually relapse. He managed to get back into recovery for 6 months, even start dating a really sharp girl, but then heard she was back for summer break. His mental illness took this as a sign, he checked himself into the psych ward, and a week after release, he overdosed for the last time.. 


What Made Them Smile?

Talking with his son. His friends. His friend’s babies. New phones. Winning word or trivia games (as he did constantly). Playing spades. Cooking. Getting to drive a new car; anybody’s new car.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

Sean was my oldest. I had him when I was 15, and I was 61 when he died. In a way he defined my life, since we grew up together. He could find humour in ANYTHING and make me laugh, even if I was mad at him. I miss the way he would try to contain his own laughter (especially when it was inappropriate), but it would BURST out of him. I miss his intelligence and encyclopaedic knowledge (from voracious reading, not from school), I could call him any time I was stumped on something, especially history or music (his favourite things) and he would always know the answer.


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

If only you could have seen hundreds of your devastated friends, most of who are in recovery, and their families, who came to thank you for being there for them. I just wish you could have separated your self-worth from the objects of your obsession/affection. They did NOT determine your value. And I would tell him Kenny loves him and does miss him, more than he could imagine, as do I.

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Heroin Memorial - 2012/08/01 - Victoria Crispin - Cleveland, Ohio 44119

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Submitted By: Lorie VanTIlburg - parent

Victoria Crispin

Cleveland, Ohio 44119
Date of Birth: 10-14-1990 
Date of Passing: 08-01-2012

Tell Us About Them
Victoria was my youngest. She always wanted to be affectionate. She wanted to make sure everyone was happy.

Addiction Struggles 
It started with the pain meds her Dr. prescribed after the epidural they gave here when her son was born. THey did something wrong and she would get migraines. She started to abuse the pills and someone introduced her to heroin. And within a year she was addicted and lost her life.

What Made Them Smile
Her son Calob

What Do You Miss
That high pitched whiney voice she would get when she didn't get her way.  

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/08/29 - Taylor Folds - Age 23 yrs - Olmsted Falls, Ohio

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2015/08/29 - Taylor Folds - Age 23 yrs - Olmsted Falls, Ohio

Submitted by: Barbara Folds - Other Family

Name: Taylor Folds
State:  Ohio, 44138

Date of Passing: 08/29/2015
Date of Birth: 09/24/1991
Age: 23 

Tell Us About Them:

Taylor was my first grandson and lived with me for a large portion of his life. He was loving kind and sad a smile that lit up a room. He was loyal and had many friends who not only liked him but loved him. He worshipped his mom aunt and uncle. He was a hero to his younger brother.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

He truly wanted to be well and struggled everyday. He finally got to the point he wanted to live and just used one more time and died


What Made Them Smile?

He was a happy and loving person and tried to help everyone


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

He was my closest and loyal grandson


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

I love you and miss you more every day. I am glad I am the oldest in the family and will get to be with you next

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Heroin Memorial - 2012/01/10 - Richie Ramirez - Age 22 yrs - Dix Hills, New York

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2012/01/10 - Richie Ramirez - Age 22 yrs - Dix Hills, New York

Submitted by: Donna Ramirez - Parent

Name: Richie Ramirez
State:  New York, 11746

Date of Passing: 1/10/12
Date of Birth: 8/2/89
Age: 22 

Tell Us About Them:

Most loving son,loved going to movies with me ,we went to the Philippines he loved it there .He loved to travel with me.He was very close to me.To me the sun rose and set with him.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

He had a hard time .when he came out of a rehab once he looked so good.I brang him back to a hospital for detox I was told they only had a female bed available ,I sat back down with my son I figured I would sit for as long as it took for a male bed to be available.I could not believe it when security was called and we were told to leave ,it is hard enough to get them to ask for help but then to turn around and make them feel worthless ,I felt like we had been thrown out .In order to get them in rehab you first have to go to go through detox which is usually five days.In all reality do you really think five days is long enough no way! Then if you are lucky enough to get into detox and make it to rehab it still is not long enough.The only rehab that will work is long term.When my son was turned away the last time in a matter of a few days my son had passed away.So many times I wonder if I had called the news if it would have made them find somewhere in the hospital to put him.Does it really matter which floor they are on as long as there problem is taken care of .If someone comes in with a heart condition they will find a spot for them .But a drug addiction you will get put out . I made a very bad mistake they asked .me to rent a room to an older family friend who was in the street I made the mistake of taking that person in he is the one who started our trip to hell.my son was only trying to help someone that person to me if I had known what he was capable of I would never have let him near my prescious son.


What Made Them Smile?

Richie had many friends he loved doing things .When we went to the water park way out on the island I believe close to Riverhead we got in a water tube and went down together in it.I told him to go have fun with his friends,but he refused to leave my side,in the watertube he was laughing all the way down.We had so many wonderful times together.The Philippines,upstate New York ,Florida beaches ,snowball fights.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss everything about him .He allways looked for me .He would call me wherever I was.weather i was working or shopping he would call me almost every hour.When I came home we always went somewhere we went to the beach winter or summer,he loved his animals.We would do our laundry together.We would go to the movies together once a week to me it did not matter what movie as long as he was happy.He was allways smiling.


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

I would tell him how much I love him, how much I miss him.How much I need to be with him,it is just to lonely without him.

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Heroin Memorial - 2016/01/10 - Michael Gary - Age 30 yrs - Buffalo, New York

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2016/01/10 - Michael Gary - Age 30 yrs - Buffalo, New York

Submitted by: Kiesha Kemp - Sibling

Name: Michael Gary
State:  New York, 14214

Date of Passing: 01-10-2016
Date of Birth: 09-30-1985
Age: 30 

Tell Us About Them:

my brother was one one these most loving caring easily people to get along with father of three kid's that was his world. Sibling of 5 and was one of the best brothers in the world always understanding...


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

he never want to come home think he was going to be judged and want to stop but couldn't because he needed that fix to feel alive.


What Made Them Smile?

Hes personal


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

How goofy loving ,caring he was.


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

I miss and love you so much!!

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Heroin Memorial - 2011/06/09 - Jamie Church - Age 23 yrs - Beverly Hills, California

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2011/06/09 - Jamie Church - Age 23 yrs - Beverly Hills, California

Submitted by: Lynne Knowles - Parent

Name: Jamie Church
State:  California, 90210

Date of Passing: 06/09/2011
Date of Birth: 01/03/1988
Age: 23 

Tell Us About Them:

She was my only child. The love of my life.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

She became addicted to prescription pain meds during High School. By the time we found out she had progressed to IV use. She overdosed after 8 months clean. The pain she went through a mother never wants for her child.


What Made Them Smile?

Love...she was so loving and kind. That smile lit up every room.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

Everything.


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

Jamie, I know your pain is greater than I could have ever imagined. You know you are loved. You are the greatest thing I have ever done in my life. I wish I could take all of your pain. I am sorry I did not understand. I love you.

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/12/24 - Amber Reineck - Age 33 yrs - Pinckney, Michigan

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2015/12/24 - Amber Reineck - Age 33 yrs - Pinckney, Michigan

Submitted by: Courtney Atsalakis - Sibling

Name: Amber Reineck
State:  Michigan, 48169

Date of Passing: 12/24/2015
Date of Birth: 05/09/1982
Age: 33 

Tell Us About Them:

She had a soul of a gypsy, heart of a angel. She was a kind heart soul who never judge anyone.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Amber struggled with addiction for years. Unfortunately she met a guy who introduced her to heroin.


What Made Them Smile?

Her two daughters.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

Her smile.


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

I love you

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/09/29 - Steven Dunworth - Age 42 yrs - Santa Cruz, California

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2015/09/29 - Steven Dunworth - Age 42 yrs - Santa Cruz, California

Submitted by: Christina Dunworth - Sibling

Name: Steven Dunworth
State:  California, 95065

Date of Passing: 09/29/2015
Date of Birth: 12/29/1972
Age: 42 

Tell Us About Them:

My brother was my first teacher; he taught me how to write my numbers/letters. He was a talented baker, and was very sensitive. He had a huge heart. Steve wanted to be loved the way he loved. He finally found that love within his own son, who he left behind at the tender age of 3.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Steve struggled with many types of drugs before Heroin, but tried it the first time at age 21. He never looked back and was hooked the first time for more than 22 yrs. He passed from severe cold turkey withdrawal. It took four days.. here is a link to the piece I wrote detailing the day he died: https://addictionunscripted.com/jails-institutions-and-death/


What Made Them Smile?

Family made Steve smile. His son Cruz made him smile. True love made him smile; the beach; the sunsets/sunrises. Laughing with my sons... Hugs..


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss everything about Steve, except Heroin. I miss his contagious laugh and hugs the most.


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

I love you, and you are not alone.

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Heroin Memorial - 2014/02/14 - Anthony Cassar - Age 35 yrs - Saint Clair Shores, Michigan

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2014/02/14 - Anthony Cassar - Age 35 yrs - Saint Clair Shores, Michigan

Submitted by: Sheree Dostine - Sibling

Name: Anthony Cassar
State:  Michigan, 48082

Date of Passing: 2-14-14
Date of Birth: 7-2-78
Age: 35 

Tell Us About Them:

Tony was hilarious and loved to act silly to make us laugh. He had a kind heart and big dreams for his future. He loved his family with all of his heart and tried very hard to become who he always wanted to be.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Most of it was kept secret as he was always a very private person plus he lived in Virginia. I didn't even know about his addiction until his death. He suffered from anxiety and depression brought on by childhood trauma. He had a big predisposition to becoming an addict. When he passed it was due to an adverse lethal combination of cocaine and heroin.


What Made Them Smile?

His family.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

Everything, especially the opportunity to make more memories.


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

I love you more than you will ever know and I miss you so much everyday. The only thing that brings me relief is knowing you're no longer suffering.

AnthonyCassar2

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/11/13 - McKenzie Woller - Age 19 yrs - Colorado Springs, Colorado

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2015/11/13 - McKenzie Woller - Age 19 yrs - Colorado Springs, Colorado

Submitted by: Laura Burchell - Parent

Name: McKenzie Woller
State:  Colorado, 80923

Date of Passing: 11/13/2015
Date of Birth: 6/17/1996
Age: 19 

Tell Us About Them:

McKenzie was so bright. She loved reading, drawing, painting, and music. She could make an entire room laugh with just one perfectly timed look or a single word. She loved her cats and family fiercely, probably in that order. She advocated for social justice and stuck up for the underdog.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

McKenzie suffered from anxiety and Borderline Personality Disorder. She started cutting in middle school and then got involved with an abusive boyfriend who hurt her physically and emotionally, and introduced her to opiates. She started with dialysis pills an fentanyl lollipops and patches. She switched to heroin. She fought so hard to get clean, and we fought with her. She had just gotten out of detox and moved to CO (with her grandparents)from GA to remove herself from temptation 7 weeks before she overdosed. My mom found her in the bathtub.


What Made Them Smile?

Her brother was her favorite person. They loved listening to music together and they had a million inside jokes. I love to bake and whenever I made one of her favorites, she'd smile her megawatt smile and kiss me on top of my head and say, "It's my best day!" Her cats Biff and Sock made her so happy.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss her laugh. I miss her wit, and having long conversations with her about politics and feminism and everything else. I miss her scent. I miss her always perfect hair and makeup advice. I miss how whenever she or I came home, she'd lean over so I could kiss her head.


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

I love you, and I need you. You are enough. I know that you don't believe that, but you are worthy of a long, happy life, and so am I, and neither of us will have that if you leave. I love you I love you I love you.

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Heroin Memorial - 2016/03/11 - Matthew Paulis - Age 34 yrs - Chicago, Illinois

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2016/03/11 - Matthew Paulis - Age 34 yrs - Chicago, Illinois

Submitted by: Linda Dalton - Parent

Name: Matthew Paulis 
State:  Illinois, 60632

Date of Passing: 03/11/2016
Date of Birth: 2-25-82
Age: 34 

Tell Us About Them:

Matthew was the youngest of 6 kids,he was warm and loving, with the most beautiful smile,and had this crazy ability to take things apart and put them back together,he also had some struggles with self love,but he lived us,and we certainly loved him,I am so sorry my sweet boy.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Matthew kept that part of his life mostly to himself,I knew about it and tried to help,but he lied a lot about it alot,he took off and I didn't see him for a while but a few years ago we got back together and I discovered that if I wanted to have any part of my son is was going to have to not judge him or harp at him every time I heard from him or saw him,and that while our relationship was going to be difficult and different, we made a deal that I would simply live him and he would not steal from me,I held up my end of the deal,and I loved him and he knew it.


What Made Them Smile?

Matthew smiled at most things,he confused me at times that he could smile so often while in so much pain,he smiled at me when I would come see him,he was homeless but we would meet and have a meal and he would smile when he saw me pull up in the car,and would continue to smile through our whole meeting, but most of all he would smile when I talked about his brother and sisters


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss his voice,I miss his smike,I miss my boy


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

I'm sorry my phone was downstairs when you called me at 12:31 am on March 11th because it would have been the last time I heard your sweet voice and that I was not there for you to hear mine right before God took you away, and that I love you and have always loved you with all my heart and soul

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/07/28 - Michael Stevens - Age 23 yrs - Albrightsville, Pennsylvania

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2015/07/28 - Michael Stevens - Age 23 yrs - Albrightsville, Pennsylvania

Submitted by: Toni Stevens - Parent

Name: Michael Stevens
State:  Pennsylvania, 18210

Date of Passing: 07/28/2015
Date of Birth: 09/10/1991
Age: 23 

Tell Us About Them:

Michael was the youngest of my 4 children. He was my baby. He was the brightest and most inquisitive of the 4. he had an innate talent in fixing things. As a baby, he would break his mechanical toys apart because he wanted to know how they worked. I bought him the Reader's Digest book, "How Things Work"when he was 7. As an adult, he worked as an audio installer and did different types of fabrications for cars, boats and motorcycles. He never went to school for this - he was intuitive and learned on the job. He took his electrical certification and passed on his first try without ever studying. He was crazy smart and talented. His goal was to have a shop of his own.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Michael became addicted to percocet following dental surgery. He was living in Tulsa at the time. When he could no longer get his prescriptions refilled it transitioned to Roxycodone. Some ass showed him how he could crush his pills and mix with water and inject it. Everything fell apart for my son. Money went to support his addiction. He lost his apartment, his furnishings, his car was repo'ed and each and every time I bailed him out. He eventually moved back home to PA where his self destruction continued. Roxies weren't as available here in the Poconos but heroin certainly was. Stints at rehab were predicatably ineffective. My son was clean for 3 weeks were the pressure to use was overwhelming. He shot up what he normally used. I found him dead on my bathroom floor. The most horrific day of my life.


What Made Them Smile?

Michael loved to fish, he loved his pets and his siblings and his friends. He loved my cooking and was always home for one of my dinners.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss everything about Michael. We were extremely close. I was so proud of him and love him dearly. Im a vendor and when my son was small he always accompanied me on my road trips during the summer. I always tried to make the trips interesting for him. We actually me the American Chopper guys before they became famous. My route took me past the original shop in Montgomery, NY. I miss Michael's beautiful smile, his easy going manner, his wit and one liners, his crazy sense of humor. I sometimes feel that I can't breath when I realize that I wont see my son again in this lifetime. My heart is broken and my spirt shattered.


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

Sweetheart, please forgive me for not understanding your struggle and what you went through. I love you baby and miss you so much. I wish God would take me so that I could be with you. Unfortunately, I learned more of my son's addiction after he was gone and regret that I didnt help him more.

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/07/17 - Keith Kutzler - Age 37 yrs - Effort, Pennsylvania

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2015/07/17 - Keith Kutzler - Age 37 yrs - Effort, Pennsylvania

Submitted by: Alison Kutzler - Spouse

Name: Keith Kutzler 
State:  Pennsylvania, 18330

Date of Passing: 7-17-2015
Date of Birth: 5-29-1978
Age: 37 

Tell Us About Them:

He was a father to his two wonderful boys. He was everyone's savior and would give you the shirt off of his back. He loved his family and what he did. His passion was motorcycles, cars, and dirt bikes. He was a coach to his boys in baseball and to many others in wrestling. He loved his tattoos, he loved tattooing people, and he ironically hated needles. His laugh and smile were contagious.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

It began with flesh eating bacteria.... which led to his addiction to the pain pills. I couldn't help him and it pained me to watch. He went to rehab once, and I didn't allow him home when out. He needed to show he changed his ways. Sadly, 10 months later he was back in rehab, this time hooked on heroin. He moved back home after this time to spend more time with his boys. Almost 3 months to the day he was clean, I came home to find him gone.


What Made Them Smile?

His boys, the beach, friends, riding dirt bikes, and his family


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

Talking to him. He would listen to me for hours. When he was sober he was so supportive and always made me feel.like I could conquer the world. I miss his smile and the quirky little.things we would do..... 20 years together you have a few.


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

I never stopped loving you

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/11/05 - Patrick McGivetn - Age 29 yrs - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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2015/11/05 - Patrick McGivetn - Age 29 yrs - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Submitted by: Patty Ranallo - Parent

Name: Patrick McGivetn
State:  Pennsylvania, 15212

Date of Passing: 11-05-2015
Date of Birth: 3-27-1986
Age: 29 

Tell Us About Them:

Quiet, kind. Loving to his family enjoyed boating and fishing at grandparents camp. Loved music, all kinds and played the guitar either acoustic or electric for fun! Hard worker, willing to help coworkers, or the elderly or even homeless


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Patrick struggled for 9 years with heroin addiction, between detox, rehab and staying in recovery homes.


What Made Them Smile?

His family, older cousins he went to school with and then his younger who would want to play ball or guitar with him "when he came around"


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss "HIM" his voice, his company. I miss my beautiful baby boy


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

I hope you are finally happy in heaven and continue to play your guitar We all love you Pat!!! You are loved by many!

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