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Heroin Memorial - 2015/05/22 - John OBrien - Age 36 yrs - Haverhill, Massachusetts

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2015/05/22 - John OBrien - Age 36 yrs - Haverhill, Massachusetts

Submitted by: Jaime Coutu - Spouse

Name: John OBrien
State:  Massachusetts, 01830

Date of Passing: 5/22/15
Date of Birth: 6/3/78
Age: 36 

Tell Us About Them:

John had the biggest heart!! He loved spending time with his family and always tried to protect the ones he loved!!


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

John was a disabled veteran who was a Purple Heart recipient! He came back from Afganistan and couldn't deal with everything he saw over there and turned to drugs. John had been clean for 5 months when he relapsed and lost his life.


What Made Them Smile?

His family, me and his step daughter!


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss when he would give me a big hug and tell me that he loved me!! I miss always feeling safe when he was around!


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

That I love him so much and I miss him and I'm sorry I couldn't save him!


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Heroin Memorial - 2015/07/06 - Amber Lewis- Age 26 yrs - Northampton, Pennsylvania

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2015/07/06 - Amber Lewis- Age 26 yrs - Northampton, Pennsylvania

Submitted by: Darlene Lewis - Parent

Name: Amber LEWIS
State:  Pennsylvania, 18067

Date of Passing: 07062015
Date of Birth: 12101987
Age: 26 

Tell Us About Them:

She was a beautiful young mother of two her eyes could melt ice cube in seconds they're as blue as the blue could be and sparkling until that day the sparkle left she loved helping people she worked as a CNA she love poetry dancing shopping yard saling spending time with her friends and family which was the most important to her never in a million years what I thought she wouldn't have died like this my angel baby I miss her so much


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

She has started with her drugs after her first son has been born and struggled with it all the way till her daughter was born who was born addicted she was in and out of rehab and the last time she was clean was right before her brother died then her brother died and she went off the deep end and used went back to rehab and we thought she was on the good path but evidently the demon god again and we found her dead in the bedroom on the morning of July 6th 2015


What Made Them Smile?

Everything made her smile even through her darkest addiction she always try to put that fake smile on


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

her smile her humor and her compassion for life


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

I love you unconditionally

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Heroin Memorial - 2016/03/29 - Michael DeMay - Age 36 yrs - St. Louis, Missouri

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2016/03/29 - Michael DeMay - Age 36 yrs - St. Louis, Missouri

Submitted by: Melissa DeMay - Sibling

Name: Michael DeMay
State:  Missouri, 63111

Date of Passing: 03/29/2016
Date of Birth: 09/14/1979
Age: 36 

Tell Us About Them:

Michael was a very good hearted person who wanted to be a father, a husband a role model for my nephew. He never made it to be married a and to have any kids but he left a huge impact in all of our lives. He was thoughtful and honest even during his sickest times I could still trust he wouldn't steal from me. He was funny, sarcastic and so very smart....I miss him ...the person he was before I was scared of him dying.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

He wanted to be better, he never wanted to hurt himself, my mom or my nephew especially. The first time he overdosed he was so ashamed and we thought he would be scared and get right...we were wrong. He tried, we tried...I could not understand why he just wouldn't stop using this drug that was going to Kill him..kill my mom from a broken heart.


What Made Them Smile?

My nephew, kids...my grandbabies. Michael was always so good with kids, so patient.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

Everything...his smile, yelling at him for walking so heavy lol, nagging at him because I loved him he was my baby brother.


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

I'm sorry I didn't do more...

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/08/18 - Ronald Henderson - Age 57 yrs - Saegertown, Pennsylvania

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2015/08/18 - Ronald Henderson - Age 57 yrs - Saegertown, Pennsylvania

Submitted by: Dawn Henderson - Spouse

Name: Ronald Henderson
State:  Pennsylvania, 16433

Date of Passing: 8/18/15
Date of Birth: 8/11/58
Age: 57 

Tell Us About Them:

Loving Husband and Father, loved God and people. Loved the great outdoors. Fishing and hunting were some of his favorite things to do besides watching his children play sports


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

His struggle started when he began having severe back pain due to several herniated discs in his back. His doctor began prescribing him massive doses of Morphine and Percocet. After being clean and sober for over 10 years, his disease reared its ugly head as his pain worsened, his need for medication increased. He knew how to get the medicine he needed prescribed by seeing several different doctors and using different pharmacies throughout town. His last resort before possibly having to have surgery on his back was the use of heroine. He was worried about not being able to provide for his family. Now he is gone.


What Made Them Smile?

His family


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

i miss my best friend, having someone to talk to, to share my life with, i just miss him being in my life every day!


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

Im sorry i couldn't do more to help you. I love you!

#AskMeAboutMyAngel #HeroinMemorial #GoneToSoon

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Heroin Memorial - 2014/12/17 - Timothy Conners Jr - Age 25 yrs - Hamilton, Ohio

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2014/12/17 - Timothy Conners Jr - Age 25 yrs - Hamilton, Ohio

Submitted by: Pamela Robinson - Parent

Name: Timothy Conners Jr
State:  Ohio, 45013

Date of Passing: 12/17/2014
Date of Birth: 12/27/1988
Age: 25 

Tell Us About Them:

Timmy was my only son, the eldest of my 2 children he loved life the biggest love of his life was his little sister, he always said I had her for him, he loved her unconditionally. Timmy was such a caring person he loved four wheeling and spending time with his family. I am so greatful that I had him for the 25yrs that god granted me, I miss him more then words can ever express.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Timmy struggled with addiction for about 5-6yrs, his drug of choice besides marijuana was an addiction to pills, I first cought on when he came home and passed out in our hallway in the middle of the night hitting the wall so hard he knocked himself out he had mixed somekind of pills with alcohol, shortly after that he went away to drug rehab in Florida, he did good after coming home for about 1yr, then I started to notice "The Change" I gave him a choice to move out or go back to rehab, with no job he backed up amd moved out, about 2 weeks later I got a phone call at work from a rehab in California wanting his insurance information he took it upon himself to find a place to go, I was so proud of him for taking that step on his own he was gone for about 6months when he returned he took over running our family buisness during the day then later started working a 2nd job at night, he did so well for about 1yr then he got pulled over he took a a breathalyzer test and passed that the police officer did not believe that he was sober he believed he was under the influence of something so they wanted to take him in for a blood test he refused the blood test so they charged him with a DUI he told me he would have tested positive for marijuana so at that time he was put on reporting probation he had to report to a probation officer every week and do a drug test he paid off all of his fines and passed every single drug test he passed away December 17th 2014 the week he should have been taken off probation he had paid off all of his fines and did past that final drug screen, he was found by our neighbor in his room unresponsive when he did not show up for work he passed away later at the hospital in disbelief that it could have been drugs because of passing all the drug test at the probation officer we were shocked to find out that he died of a fentanyl heroin overdose after checking his cell phone somehow he had been passing the drug screen over the past two weeks and have been experimenting with the heroin I seen several text messages where he had asked the dealer if the stuff he was using was good or bad with Assurance from the drug dealer to him that he would never sell bad stuff that's when I found out that he used heroin, with my sister being a 6 year or more heroin addict he assured me he would never ever try to use that and him passing all the drug screens at the probation officer had given him I believed him however past those drug screens the last 2 weeks that he was on probation I will never know, he was doing so well working 2 jobs paying off all of his fines within just a short period of time I was totally blindsided by this. Timmy died 10 days before his 26th birthday I had to bury him the day after his birthday December 27th his birthday being December 26th I refused to bury him on the day he was born.


What Made Them Smile?

Clowning around with his dad and sister.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

His smile, the 4:30pm phone call that I got every single day when I got off of work to find out what was going to be for dinner whether he was going to be home or not and he would always say save me some and the sound of his truck pulling up in front of the house when he would come home and every night no matter what time he came home he would always come in my bedroom tell me he was home and give me a kiss goodnight.


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

But I love him more than anything in the world and that I'm sorry I didn't come down that morning to wake him up I didn't see his keys laying on the counter and it being his payday I always lay his pay check underneath his keys I am so sorry that I did not go down there and ask him where his keys were I know after working during the day what are family business and then working at night at his other job he was always so tired and headed to be woke up for the alarm clock went off. I just wanted to let him know that I love him more than anything in the world and I know he would never purposely leave his momma and his little sister.

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Heroin Memorial - 2014/04/27 - Jenn Finn - Age 29 yrs - Methuen, Massachusetts

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2014/04/27 - Jenn Finn - Age 29 yrs - Methuen, Massachusetts

Submitted by: Judy Holden - Parent

Name: Jenn Finn
State:  Massachusetts, 01844

Date of Passing: 4-27-14
Date of Birth: 4-26-85
Age: 29 

Tell Us About Them:

She was a beloved daughter and Mommy


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

She had tried many times to stop but, the legal
System failed her


What Made Them Smile?

Her daughter


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

Just everything


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

I am sorry that we did not talk more

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Heroin Memorial - 2014/08/03 - Stephen Ceres - Age 27 yrs - Miramar, Florida

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2014/08/03 - Stephen Ceres - Age 27 yrs - Miramar, Florida

Submitted by: Carin Ceres - Parent

Name: Stephen Ceres
State:  Florida, 33027

Date of Passing: 8/3/2014
Date of Birth: 6/21/1987
Age: 27 

Tell Us About Them:

Stephen was a funny, loving person who had many friends. He was loved by his family. He was an accomplished Chef who had a degree from Johnson and Wales.
He had a girlfriend that loved him. He had a promising future that was cut short by heroin. He would probably say to us not to worry he is fine.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Stephen was a loving son who struggled with addiction. He was really a prescription opoid addict. When the pill mills were shut down he turned to heroin which eventually took his life. The really sad part is he was clean for almost a year.


What Made Them Smile?

Hanging with the cousins at family events and just joking around.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

Talking to him on the phone everyday.


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

I love you and have always loved you unconditionally. I wish you had come to me before you made that last fatal decision.

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/12/10 - Cristy Johnson - Age 35 yrs - Medford, Massachusetts

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2015/12/10 - Cristy Johnson - Age 35 yrs - Medford, Massachusetts

Submitted by: Kim Johnson - Other Family

Name: Cristy Johnson
State:  Massachusetts, 02155

Date of Passing: 12/10/2015
Date of Birth: 12/24/79
Age: 35 

Tell Us About Them:

There's 2 pics are my niece and nephew cristy and Danny..I watched them grow up and participated in both their lives they were my elder brothers 2 oldest he now has one child left and is raising cristy oldest son. addiction is no stranger to our family I come from a family of right I lost 3 siblings 2 a direct result of addiction my story is this: We were not tought to cope with such awful words like heroin or overdose or needle it wasn't spoken of and most parents while I was growing up turned their heads and stayed in denial .,i come from from a very large loving family we were all very close at one time the first sibling I lost was 29 a marine a devoted husband and had just became a father and couldn't have been more proud and happy he cought an an a cute case of liver disease and died very sudden death,,this is where my tragic family story began after that my mother was so very tired and in denial I feel it triggered her early onset Alzheimer's at 54 she forgot who I was at 22 after that it's been one tragedy after the next people hear my story and tthey just look at me and say OMG WHAT a horrible life you've endorsed but no I didn't have a horrible life nor did cristy and Danny Johnson we do not choose to become what we become when drugs take over God willing I was addicted to heroin however it took everything I had that I loved and quick too I haven't touched heroin since2005 I consider myself blessed as I got it I figured out why I wanted to numb my feelings it's taken years of hard work and looking 3 wonderful children because of it however I have an 8 year old who's never seen me out of context and I'm grateful for that .....my niece cristy was may favorite that's never been a secret and over the years I would try and give her knowledge that I had received and this time right b4 she was brutally murdered because of the addiction she was on her way to treatment that day she loved her boys she had three boys Tyler Jayden and William and it's all she ever spoke of she was in pain as we as re while we are in the grips cristy will never be forgotten she was kind generous and loving and did not deserved what happened to her I love you all Cristy Danny Paula burns Paul Johnson Susan Johnson Judi Johnson who died of leukemia Kay and Donny Johnson and many many more


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

I really can't say .....it was a struggle crud dodnt want to be who she was at that time but didn't have much hope


What Made Them Smile?

What made cristy smile was a good joke her and I wild always talk about the old days and that always made her smile my mother her grandmother made her smile her children her parents she was full of life and loved life


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss most about cristy is our talks we shared deep secrets we looked very much alike we zalways had fun


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

I love you baby girl and RIP

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/05/11 - Timothy Fennessy - Age 38 yrs - Attleboro, Massachusetts

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2015/05/11 - Timothy Fennessy - Age 38 yrs - Attleboro, Massachusetts

Submitted by: Valerie ODonnell - Sibling

Name: Timothy Fennessy
State:  Massachusetts, 02703

Date of Passing: 5/2/15
Date of Birth: 5/11/1977
Age: 38 

Tell Us About Them:

Timmy was a truly amazing person. He was my big brother, my protector, my best friend. He could walk in to a room and make anyone laugh and smile. He was a sports fanatic, frequently going to Fenway to see the Red Socks and always watching the Patriots. He loved his neice and nephews and for my son with special needs he was his whole world. He loved music and poetry and we loved going to concerts together.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

We grew up in a family where addiction was the normal. As early as I can remember my brother struggled with addiction. He never wanted to be an addict, he would go to rehab, do good for a while get healthy again. But those demons never left, always hiding out in the back of his mind waiting for the right time to strike. He fought the good fight right until the end. I watched the drugs steal his happiness, his family and friends and finally his life.


What Made Them Smile?

His nephews and neices, his sisters, he loved his family. He loved his guys night sleep overs with his two nephews. He loved his dog Abby, she was his baby.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

His hugs, he gave the best hugs. His humor, he always knew how to make me laugh when I was upset. Talking to him because he could figure out what I was thinking and feeling before I even knew.


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

I'm sorry that I couldn't save you, I'm sorry I survived our childhood and you didn't. I love you so much and I'm not mad at you. I know we will see each other again and until then I know your with me always.

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Heroin Memorial - 2016/01/09 - Kevin Outen - Age 24 yrs - Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania

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2016/01/09 - Kevin Outen - Age 24 yrs - Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania

Submitted by: Michelle Outen - Parent

Name: Kevin Outen
State:  Pennsylvania, 17361

Date of Passing: 01/09/2016
Date of Birth: June 6 1991
Age: 24 

Tell Us About Them:

Kevin was a caring loving young man who loved his family he has 6 nieces and 1 nephew which he adored. He was a hard worker and smile that would light up a room


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Kevin was in rehab twice in pa. After an overdose he went to Florida the next day to seek further help that he wasn't getting here. His first rehab in Pa is where he learned to shoot it. In Flordia the halfway house he was in was terrible the drugs were everywhere


What Made Them Smile?

His family and friends


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

His smile his quick wit and amazing personally


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

What could I say-all the things I said on a daily basis. I would ask him where all my spoons were

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Heroin Memorial - 2016/02/21 - Jason Balasus - Age 42 yrs - Dundalk, Maryland

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2016/02/21 - Jason Balasus - Age 42 yrs - Dundalk, Maryland

Submitted by: Jackie Rineer - Sibling

Name: Jason Balasus
State:  Please choose a state., 21222

Date of Passing: 02/21/2016
Date of Birth: 01/07/1974
Age: 42 

Tell Us About Them:

My brother was funny, loving, and caring. I think everyone he met liked him and thought he was such a nice person. He loved making others happy however he could. He had such a big heart, he took his good friends sister, who is mentally challenged, to her prom because he cared about her. That's just the kind of person he was.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

I don't know exactly when it started but when he met heroin it went downhill quickly. He struggled with that for several years, and drinking. Eventually after one failed rehab attempt, he got on methadone. He was in that for about 10 years. I don't think the drinking ever stopped though. He had to stop the methadone because of money problems so he decided to quit drinking as well and get healthy! I guess it was much more of a struggle then he let his family know, we thought he was doing great! Then I got a call that he was found deceased from an apparent heroin overdose.


What Made Them Smile?

He loved music and spending time with his family. He adored his nephew, my son. They were best buddies!he also loved animals including his very special cat, Hope.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

His sense of humor. He always made us laugh!!!!


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

I'm sorry. I'm sorry I couldn't help you.

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/12/23 - Jason Freburger - Age 29 yrs - Pasadena, Maryland

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2015/12/23 - Jason Freburger - Age 29 yrs - Pasadena, Maryland

Submitted by: Debbie Freburger - Parent

Name: Jason Freburger
State:  Maryland, 21122

Date of Passing: 12/23/15
Date of Birth: 9/13/86
Age: 29 

Tell Us About Them:

He was an electrician, loved his family and wanted to live a simple life.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

He was in several inpatient rehabs(never allowed enough time there) horrible unaccountable halfway homes, IOP's and drug court. He wanted so bad to be clean. We talked about it all the time. He was truly in the fight of his life.


What Made Them Smile?

His family, fishing, puppies and xbox.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

Being alive and with us.


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

Dad and I love you so much and even though you lost, we're so proud of the battle you put up against Heroin.

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Heroin Memorial - 2016/02/17 - Tiffany Ewen - Age 25 yrs - Greeley, Colorado

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2016/02/17 - Tiffany Ewen - Age 25 yrs - Greeley, Colorado

Submitted by: Bonnie Ewen - Parent

Name: Tiffany Ewen
State:  Colorado, 80634

Date of Passing: 02/17/2016
Date of Birth: 08/2111/1990
Age: 25 

Tell Us About Them:

Tiffany had a heart of gold who blessed everyone she came in contact with. She cared so much for and helped others. She was artistic and talented. She enjoyed singing, playing guitar, acting and drawing. She had a close relationship with her family, especially with her mother. She had an amazing sense of humor. She loved to read and especially loved the Harry Potter series.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Tiffany became addicted to painkillers that her doctor was handing out to her like candy. This eventually turned into a heroin addiction. She got clean in March of 2013 and stayed clean for 18 months. She relapsed and overdosed, but her mother who checked on her got her to the hospital in time. She then moved to Colorado to go to treatment. She relapsed a few times, but then stayed clean for around a year. She relapsed approximately 2 months before her death, unbeknownst to her family. She died of a heroin overdose on 2/17/2016.


What Made Them Smile?

Her family and friends. Funny TV shows and movies. She was an avid fan of Lady Gaga and saw her in concert twice. Anything Lady Gaga made her smile. So did singing and music.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

Everything. I miss everything about her. Her voice, her laughter, conversations with her, her love and spirit, her sense of humor. I miss everything.


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

I miss you so much my baby girl. I love you always forever. I know you are always with me. Please keep sending me signs that you are ok.

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/12/07 - Steven Walsh - Age 31 yrs - Warren, Michigan

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12/0715 - Steven Walsh - Age 31 yrs - Michigan

Submitted by: Connie DeMetsenare - Parent

Name: Steven Walsh
State:  Michigan, 48088

Date of Passing: 12/0715
Date of Birth: 11/04/84
Age: 31 

Tell Us About Them:

Steven Walsh was more than a death certificate, Steve was bigger than life.
I knew this day was coming, I have been battling to keep him alive for the past 5 years. I went on the roller coaster ride of his life, as a mother, it is your job to keep your children safe.
I realized that night that my life has forever changed. I have spent the last 5 years with only one goal. Keeping him alive. I have neglected my family, my home, my job, my friends and myself.
Steve loved, passionately. If you were his friend, you were his friend. It didn't matter what color you were, what sexual preference you had, what you did for a living. He loved you.
His legacy is that everyone is different, everyone has a worth and everyone was worthy of love. Period.
I grieve for my son, I grieve for his friends, his children, but mostly I grieve for what he could have been.
Steve was more than just a bipolar drug addict. He was my son. He was a brother, a father, a friend. He was a fellow human that felt pain and happiness and he was too much for this world.
Your energy is back to the cosmos, Steve. Fly free. Rest your head and feel the love you have left behind.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Steve had been off and on heroin for years, he would get off of it and then something would happen and right back to it he ran. His last few months alive, he overdosed multiple times, barely surviving each one. Until the last... God, I miss him so much!


What Made Them Smile?

Steve was a performer, he loved his craft and loved to make people feel his energy. He loved to challenge your thoughts on different subjects and would debate for hours on anything. He loved science; he had an incredible brain.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss everything. There is not one thing more important than the other. I will say I miss his voice, his love he showed me daily.


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

This is hard to answer, we are Atheist, and therefore do not believe in angels.
I don't have to say anything else to him, we said it all before he died. We both knew this day was coming, we talked at great lengths about it. I am comfortable that all that needed to be said was said.

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/08/25 - Alyssa Maluski - Age 21 yrs - New Britain, Connecticut

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2015/08/25 - Alyssa Maluski - Age 21 yrs - New Britain, Connecticut

Submitted by: Dean Maluski - Parent

Name: Alyssa Maluski
State:  
Connecticut, 06051
Date of Passing: 08/25/2015
Date of Birth: 05/31/1994
Age: 21 

Tell Us About Them:

Alyssa was a fairly quiet child. Right from the start it amazed us that she didn’t complain too much, no sleepless nights trying to get the little one to sleep. When we tucked her into bed she would cuddle in and as we turned out the lights saw a happy content face drifting off to sleep.  As a young child when grandma would come to visit she would bring presents for her grandkids. Alyssa would not harp grandma with expectation or excitement, instead she would patiently wait for her gift but show appreciation when she got it.

When she was in her adolescence she let her grades slip. We knew she was very smart but couldn’t seem to get her motivated in school. Midway through high school she had an awakening on her own and decided to start trying and oh boy did she. Through junior and senior years she maintained a 4.0 average, even taking a few extra credits to make up for her poor grades earlier in her high school graduating on the honor roll in 2012. From junior year onward she bonded very closely with her dad and we had many good times talking well into the night on various subjects.

While a senior in high school she got a job at a pizza shop. She ran the counter and as she gained more experience the owner who was very busy with family and another job in a large part let her run the business. I used to tell her she could own her own pizza shop someday. Her response was “No Way, it’s too hot in the kitchen and I don’t want to smell like pizza all the time.” I agreed with her since she had great ability I knew she could do great things once she gained her education.

Alyssa had a big heart, she looked out for others and would go many extra miles to see that the ones she cared about were taken care of physically and emotionally. She read a great deal and was also a deep thinker. When in a group of people she wasn’t the talker but the silent one that patiently listened. When challenged to many peoples surprise she had absorbed everything said and would speak her opinion which was generally on target with well thought accurate statements. She was very intelligent with a warm heart and very sensitive. When someone hurt her feelings she would bury her sadness so many times even though she was hurting she didn’t let it show.   Alyssa was very independent, despite her addiction near the end of her life she saw to it that she earned her own way. There was never an issue with enabling her as she asked for nothing but love. 


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Alyssa got hooked on dope in the fall of 2013. We were unaware of her addiction until she moved home in February 2014. We tried immediately to get her into rehab but she was not ready and continually dodged committing to go. In late June of 2014 she had a few felonies charges in front of her. At that time I convinced her to go to rehab in an effort to get the charges dropped. She went to rehab in Florida for 30 days. From there she went into a sober house. After several weeks she got kicked out for using. She went back into rehab until January of 2015. From there she moved in with a few friends she had made in rehab. She continued to use Heroin in Florida. In April of 2015 she moved back to CT. She and her boyfriend got jobs and lived in a hotel until late July of 2015 when they could no longer work as they were dope sick. August 1st of 2015 she went back to rehab in Florida for 30 days. She flew home on a Thursday evening in late August. Friday I gave her a ride to an AA meeting. On Saturday we let her drive herself to a meeting. She apparently went and hooked up that night. On Sunday morning she seemed like she was getting high again. I had a long conversation with her on Sunday evening about her plans, her higher power and how much we loved her and wanted a good life for her. On Monday she got a syringe. Monday evening after an NA meeting she went out for awhile with one of her sober friends. She got dropped off at home about 1 AM Tuesday August 25th. In the morning her sister went into her room to check on her an found her deceased from an overdose of heroin laced with fentanyl


What Made Them Smile?

Kittens, dogs, strawberries and ribs on the grill.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

Good conversations and working on projects together.


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

We love you! Our family is struggling to carry on but it will never be the same without you.

#AskMeAboutMyAngel #HeroinMemorial #GoneToSoon
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Heroin Memorial - 2014/01/10 - Danton Stalnaker - Age 21 yrs - Toledo, Ohio

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2014/01/10 - Danton Stalnaker - Age 21 yrs - Toledo, Ohio

Submitted by: Bernadean Stalnaker - Parent

Name: Danton Stalnaker
State: Ohio, 43605
Date of Passing: 1/10/2014
Date of Birth: 7/31/1992
Age: 21

Tell Us About Them:

Danton is the oldes out of my two sons, he was a good guy he worked hard and would do anything for you if you asked him. He loved his family and his friends, he also had a one of a kind sense of humor. He was love by many people.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Danton had been doing drugs since he was 17 after he graduated he moved to his dads house where his drug dealer lived across the street in his uncles house. He tried rehab but after one day they told him he had to leave because he didn't show signs of withdraw and also because of insurance. A couple months before he passed away he tried on his own to stop using but it did not work and he passed away.


What Made Them Smile?

Depending on the day and who he was with


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss him not being here every day, talking to him, telling him "I love you" and and his response back to me "I love you to mom", missing that text saying Happy mothers day mom or happy birthday mom there is so much I miss about him.


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

I love you so much miss you and wish you were still here

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Heroin Memorial - 2016/03/01 - James Gorham - Age 29 yrs - Nashua, New Hampshire

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2016/03/01 - James Gorham - Age 29 yrs - Nashua, New Hampshire

Submitted by: Kelly Frenette - Parent

Name: James Gorham
State:  New Hampshire, 03060

Date of Passing: 03/01/2016
Date of Birth: 08/13/86
Age: 29 

Tell Us About Them:

He had the biggest smile, he was a dad to two young girls. They were his world but because of some of his choices their mother had not allowed them visits for over a year.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Jimmy was an alcoholic, he had tried heroin twice last year and over dosed both times. He was revived both times. We talked with him several times and he assured us he would never try it again. Because of his bad choices when drinking he made the choice to let the same person give him a needle of heroin. He didn't survive this one. To make matters worse they put him outside like trash with his suitcase. Such a sad sad day


What Made Them Smile?

Everything made Jim smile but he was lonely inside.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss everything about my son. He was a handsome, funny, good man.


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

Why? Why would you chose to let them do this after you promised me you would never do it again.

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Heroin Memorial - 2016/03/27 - Mark Jack - Age 26 yrs - Hamburg, New York

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2016/03/27 - Mark Jack - Age 26 yrs - Hamburg, New York

Submitted by: Tricia Costantino - Parent

Name: Mark Jack
State:  New York, 14075

Date of Passing: 3/27/16
Date of Birth: 3/25/90
Age: 26 

Tell Us About Them:

Mark was funny and tried to make everyone laugh. He kind and had a huge heart. He was smart and didn't realize it. He was strong.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Mark struggled with the disease for 8 years. Many rehabs, shocks, jail time. He tried and tried but couldn't beat it.


What Made Them Smile?

When others smiled mark smiled. When he made me laugh he was thrilled


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 infinity times infinity plus 1. And everything will be OK

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Heroin Memorial - 2016/04/03 - Dennis Davy - Age 35 yrs - Superior, Wisconsin

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2016/04/03 - Dennis Davy - Age 35 yrs - Superior, Wisconsin

Submitted by: Jana Sutherland - Other Family

Name: Dennis Davy
State:  Wisconsin, 54880

Date of Passing: 04/03/2016
Date of Birth: 11/18/1980
Age: 35 

Tell Us About Them:

Dennis was wonderful, caring, giving, helpful, funny...he loves sports, and especially the Chicago Bears. He was such a great person.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Dennis was diagnosed with epilepsy in elementary school, and I believe he struggled with depression soon after. It was hard for him to deal
With and get under control. I think when he got into his teenage years he started drinking, and experimenting with different drugs.


What Made Them Smile?

His dog Lily, when the Bears would win a game haha, and just being around his friends and family hanging out.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

His smile, his laugh, and just knowing he is there if I ever wanted to call
Him or if I need him for
Something.


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

That I love him and appreciate the time I had with him, and for him always being there for me. Also, I just wish he would have reached out to me or someone for help before it got to this tragic point.

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Heroin Memorial - 2016/03/06 - Nicholas Antich - Age 25 yrs - Crown Point, Indiana

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2016/03/06 - Nicholas Antich - Age 25 yrs - Crown Point, Indiana

Submitted by: Stacy Taylor - Parent

Name: Nicholas Antich
State:  Indiana, 46307

Date of Passing: 3-6-2016
Date of Birth: 9-3-90
Age: 25 

Tell Us About Them:

Nick was brilliant with an IQ of130. He had hopes of doing something great with his life. He wanted to be a doctor, but opted for the engineering program. He excelled in many avenues and loved history. He went away to college the fall of 2009 in Indy where he progressively dabbled in drugs, leading to heroin use. In 2014 I removed him from that environment and he struggled to find happiness in the everyday normal after being exposed to heroin. I lost my son to this horrible addiction


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Nick started using drug while he was away at IUPUI. I sent a healthy, happy boy away to college and received an addict back. He used for about a year before I found out. Once I found out, he was sent away to rehab. He came back after 45 days and was just ok and relapsed within 4 months. He again went away to rehab for the second time and came home after 3 months and appeared to do better. He started exercising, tried a vegan diet, seen his doctor and took his meds for the new diagnosis of bipolar. He even stopped smoking in December. This was not a man who wanted to do drugs. At the end of February he started experiencing stress from work and relationships, stuff that the average person could handle. For the recovering addict, it only take small amounts of stress to drive them to their comfort drug. On March 5th he went to Indy for what was suppose to be a weekend getaway with old friends and yes some were old recovering heroin addicts. He relapsed and never came home.


What Made Them Smile?

He loved his animals. They always brought comfort and love to him.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss his beautiful eyes, the way he gave me hugs and kissed me and told me he loved me. I miss hearing my name come out of his mouth


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

That I love him so much

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