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Heroin Memorial - 2015/10/02 - Derek Windover - Age 23 yrs - Adams, Massachusetts

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2015/10/02 - Derek Windover - Age 23 yrs - Adams, Massachusetts

Submitted by: Dawn Windover - Parent

Name: Derek Windover
State:  Massachusetts, 01220
Date of Passing: 10/02/15
Date of Birth: 11/03/91
Age: 23 

Tell Us About Them:

He just was wonderful.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Derek had problems with alcohol - lots of alcohol problems on both sides of his family. He started smoking pot and then was introduced to opiates. And when he lost his job and didn't have money he started on heroin...was on it for less than a year when he died of an acute heroin overdose.


What Made Them Smile?

His girlfriend, family, pets, best friend..he always smiled.


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?

How much I love him.

DerekWindover2

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/06/05 - Dustin Bolen - Age 24 yrs - Troutville, Virginia

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2015/06/05 - Dustin Bolen - Age 24 yrs - Troutville, Virginia

Submitted by: Elaine Kanode - Parent

Name: Dustin Bolen
State:  Virginia, 24175
Date of Passing: 06/05/2015
Date of Birth: 11/27/1990
Age: 24 

Tell Us About Them:

Dustin was a kind heated, sensitive, loving, witty and smart person. He liked to act like he didn't have a care in the world and was tough, but the people that really knew him saw through that persona.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

He struggled beginning in his early teens with years of repressed anger towards his father's abandonment of him in addition to being bi-polar and having ADHD. He began to self medicate with pot and OTC medicines. About 4 years he made the grave mistake of trying heroin for the first time. He attempted many times to get clean and was clean for 17 months prior to the day of his OD thanks in part to meeting the wrong person...and one week later he was in the hospital on life support.


What Made Them Smile?

His little boy who was almost 3 when his Daddy left us. All he wanted was to be the kind of father his son could be proud to call his daddy.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

His smile, his beautiful eyes and hearing him say "I love you Mom".


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

That I love him so much and feel so lost and empty without him and that I promise to make sure his son knows how much he loved him and that he never wanted to leave us.

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/05/29 - Chad Robinson - Age 23 yrs - Frankfort, Kentucky

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2015/05/29 - Chad Robinson - Age 23 yrs - Frankfort, Kentucky

Submitted by: Kimberly Rojas - Parent

Name: Chad Robinson
State:  Kentucky, 40601
Date of Passing: 5/29/15
Date of Birth: 3/1/92
Age: 23 

Tell Us About Them:

He was a very living son he loved his family was the best BOTHER ,uncle And Daddy he took Care of his daughter everyday till he passed she had just turned three his family misses him everyday


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

He started in high school on pills but it was not a everyday thing mosly he smoked weed he struggled with heroin for about a year before he passed he would tell me he didn't have a problem he knew what he was doing is what he would say so if you read this and you use and you think the same way well NOT TRUE


What Made Them Smile?

Family his daughter and nephews and niece he was a joker loved to make people laugh


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

Everything his voice his laughter his hugs watching him be a great Daddy his love


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

I miss you!!

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/03/05 - Ej Savignac - Age 33 yrs - Norwich, Connecticut

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2015/03/05 - Ej Savignac - Age 33 yrs - Norwich, Connecticut

Submitted by: Shelley Linevitch - Sibling

Name: Ej Savignac
State:  Connecticut, 06360
Date of Passing: 03/05/2015
Date of Birth: 11/01/1981
Age: 33 

Tell Us About Them:

Ej had a Big heart and loved and missed his 3 children.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

We grew up in a addiction home and it affected him more than any of us. HE was in and out of jail and rehabs/ halfway houses for most of his life. He was 30 days out of a 90 day program when he od'd


What Made Them Smile?

His children when he wasnt using..


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

When he wasnt using he he had a good heart but wasnt very often in adult years. But I really do miss everything about the last few horrible pain in the ass years I had with him probably because I just love and miss him and would give anything to have the nagging and all that bull I put up with... :(


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

Sad to say but had I known that all the years and tears and crap I put up with from you would end like this I would not have stuck up for and tried so hard to help you. I was your biggest supporter/ only one who had hope and in the end all you did was use and lie to me. I forgive you once again!

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/08/26 - Luther Combs - Age 31 yrs - Middletown, Ohio

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2015/08/26 - Luther Combs - Age 31 yrs - Middletown, Ohio

Submitted by: Dorothy Shuemake - Friend

Name: Luther Combs
State:  Ohio, 45044
Date of Passing: 08/26/2015
Date of Birth: 12-19-83
Age: 31 

Tell Us About Them:

He had such a good heart. He didn't understand why anyone would do kind things for him without expectations. He loved his family and God.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Many years spent battling addiction and all the bad that comes along for the ride.


What Made Them Smile?

Seeing his family and loved ones, sharing a meal and some love and laughter


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

Showing him that he deserved love and kindness


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

Watch over David and tell Allie I will love her forever.

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Heroin Memorial - 2013/03/10 - Tony Edwards - Age 33 yrs - Des Moines, Iowa

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2013/03/10 - Tony Edwards - Age 33 yrs - Des Moines, Iowa

Submitted by: Deb Green - Parent

Name: Tony Edwards
State:  Iowa, 50317
Date of Passing: 3/10/2013
Date of Birth: 9/6/1979
Age: 33 

Tell Us About Them:

He was a very fun loving, free spirit kind of guy with the kindest heart you could ever imagine. He would help out anyone and refuse to take any money at all. He had so many friends that at the memorial we did not even know half of them that came to show their love and support for him and the family. It truly showed us just how many people he had touched on earth while he was here. He hated to see anyone hurt or struggling, putting himself last always. He loved family so much and he was all about family. So fun and silly, he even could laugh at himself he didn't care as long as others were laughing.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

His struggle started at 15 yrs of age with huffing, alcohol, and meth. Then into his later teens he turned to cocaine and then started smoking crack. In his early 20's he got into the opiates with pills, percocets, vicodan, methadone liquid, morphine. His first overdose was with liquid methadone and he was in a coma for 9 days and they said he was going to die and to bring all family home right away and we did. But then a miracle happened and he started to wake up, they tried taking off life support and we were very nervous about the brain hypoxia and how much damage had been done. He knew all of us, but was quite fuzzy and did tell us that he had been jumping on the clouds with kids and dogs, we think he just may have passed over for a bit? He then went home with his wife and children, they hadn't had their last one yet, just the three boys. He was scared for just a little while about drugs, but it was not long that he was at it again. This time he started shooting drugs dilaudid, morphine, oxycodone and then they got too expensive so he turned to heroin, and overdosed again and he was in drug court at the time and of course dropped dirty because he overdosed and they took him straight to prison from ICU, he was so weak. He was in prison for a year. He was paroled to my house, because he and his wife used together and that would not have been a good idea. He did very well for a long time, got a job, a nice home, got his DL which had been barred for years and had a nice red truck that he just loved. Life was good or so I thought, until March 10,2013 when my daughter who lived down the street from me came screaming and knocking all the way down on my house saying Buddy's dead, and that is when my life shattered and my life changed in that instant to never be the same again. My baby was dead, my worst worry and nightmare.


What Made Them Smile?

The #1 thing first and foremost would be his kids, he loved fishing and grilling anything to do with the outdoors. He loved family dinners and going out to eat. Eating was one of the things people would laugh at him about because he never was a big guy. But, if you could see him eat once, you would wonder why. He also liked stand up comedy and he and his step dad could sit up all night and laugh like two teenagers, those were fun happy memories. He just always hated drama and wanted everyone to get along, that is what made him the most happy.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

His cute smile and huge hugs saying I love you mama, and never getting embarrassed about being teased about being a mama's boy, he would just laugh and say yep I sure am!! And, he was, he was a sick baby after birth so he was always pretty spoiled because he was in the hospital so much. As his mother no one thing really sticks out, I would have to say EVERYTHING I miss about him from head to toe.


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

I would tell him I always loved him unconditionally and forgive him for anything he thought he may have done to hurt me. I only wanted him to be happy and safe and to not have to fight the demons all the time. He was never at peace, and my hope is that he now has found that. I would tell him I think of him morning, noon and night. And, always wonder if I could have done something for him to save him. Son, I love you and every year, every month, every day, every minute, every second you consume me, and my heart hurts for you, but this I can handle as long as you are happy and at peace, that is my wish. I know the good relationship you always had with the Lord and that also gives me peace. I love you baby so much and miss you just as much, until we meet again my heart will always be with you.

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/08/26 - Alison Shuemake - Age 18 yrs - Middletown, Ohio

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08/26/2015 - Alison Shuemake - Age 18 yrs - Middletown, Ohio

Submitted by: Dorothy Shuemake - Parent

Name: Alison Shuemake 
State:  Ohio, 45044
Date of Passing: 08/26/2015
Date of Birth: 12-21-96
Age: 18 

Tell Us About Them:

She was smart and funny and could play any musical instrument she tried. She had a beautiful voice. She loved her family and friends. Her favorite color was sparkle.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

She started a couple years ago with alcohol and pot. Then she experimented with other drugs. Rehab, IOP, etc. We thought things were going ok. She had her first apartment and car, 2 jobs. But she decided to try heroin.


What Made Them Smile?

Talking with her friends or siblings, telling us about her makeup or outfit or hair, going shopping, baking, teasing me, listening to her music, and driving all made her smile--almost as much as taking selfish did!


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss snuggling up to talk, watch a movie, take a nap, or make one of us feel better. I miss watching you grow into adulthood. I miss just having you around to see beautiful you and to hear your voice.


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

I love all of you. You were right about several things :) I miss you with every fiber of my being. Being YOUR mom is the best thing I ever did.

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/10/03 - Josh Lindsey - Age 37 yrs - Afton, New York

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2015/10/03 - Josh Lindsey - Age 37 yrs - Afton, New York

Submitted by: Jessica Lindsey - Spouse

Name: Josh Lindsey
State:  New York, 13730
Date of Passing: 10/03/2015
Date of Birth: 6/28/1978
Age: 37 

Tell Us About Them:

Josh was a loving father of our four boys. I miss my handsome husband. One of a kind, my soulmate, my eternal love. We miss you Josh. Every single moment.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Josh struggled with addiction for most of his life. He never wanted to succumb to this demon life, it just took over his entire being. He started using hardcore with cocaine, and oxycontin along with alcohol. Up and down, up and down, he tried to stay away from it. We moved, it followed. 21 years of my life with this man and I didn't even know he used heroin. I thought about it a few times, but was too scared to ask and possibly get an answer I couldn't handle. So, I found out about his addiction when the coroner called me to come identify his body at the morgue. So many hearts stopped beating that day. I will not ever shy away from asking, I will never be ashamed to speak up, never again will I take way the chance of saving a life. You will hear my pain, and hopefully you'll never see it.


What Made Them Smile?

He had the most handsome precious sons that made him the proudest father in the world.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss his face. His knowledge, his strength, his heart that loved me so hard, his laugh.... Silly sense of humor. My one and only love, I miss you being here with me.


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

You were right, I will forever be your wife!!!

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Heroin Memorial - 2014/10/27 - Jeffrey Clapper - Age 24 yrs - Syracuse, New York

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2014/10/27 - Jeffrey Clapper - Age 24 yrs - Syracuse, New York

Submitted by: jessica clapper - Sibling

Name: Jeffrey Clapper 
State:  New York, 13204
Date of Passing: 10/27/2014
Date of Birth: 3-20-1990
Age: 24 

Tell Us About Them:

My brother was such a good person,with a huge heart,always joking around and laughing


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

He first started doing drugs when he was about 18, it wasn't till he got into a motorcycle accident that he became addicted to prescription pills and eventually turned to heroin


What Made Them Smile?

anything with a motor :)


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss talking to 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 - 2013/04/13 - Ashlee Nelson - Age 21 yrs - St. George, Utah

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2013/04/13 - Ashlee Nelson - Age 21 yrs - St. George, Utah

Submitted by: Stacie Nelson - Parent

Name: Ashlee Nelson 
State:  Utah, 84770
Date of Passing: 04/13/2013
Date of Birth: 12/05/1991
Age: 21 

Tell Us About Them:

Ashlee was such an amazing young woman a loving Mother,Daughter,Sister. She loved caring for the elderly and worked as a CNA. Her little boy was her life and wanted to badly to get clean for him.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Ashlee started using at the age of 15, when she found out she was pregnant she stopped using. But was draw back to this evil drig when her little guy was 5 months old. We didn't find out about her addiction until she was 20. She tried so hard to beat this evil drug but it had such a hold on her.


What Made Them Smile?

Her little guy.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

Everything, her smile, her stubborn attitude, Her.


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

I love her and was so proud of her.

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Heroin Memorial - 2013/08/19 - Megan Orange - Age 19 yrs - Flint, Michigan

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2013/08/19 - Megan Orange - Age 19 yrs - Flint, Michigan

Submitted by: Michelle Patton - Parent

Name: Megan Orange
State:  Michigan, 48507
Date of Passing: 08/19/2013
Date of Birth: 08/16/94
Age: 19 

Tell Us About Them:

Megan was a very sweet, nonjudgmental person who loved art from day one. She participated in various art walks and shows and sold and displayed her art. She had so many friends, and people remember her mostly for her sense of humor, her laugh and her ability to be everyone's friend.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

I wasn't aware there was a struggle with addiction at all . her passing from a heroin overdose was a complete surprise to me. Although her sister noticed a change in her actions and personality, she suggested there may be an issue but I asked and she denied it. Ithat was a few days before she died. 


What Made Them Smile?

She loved her sister and brother, underground and rap music, art, her pets and her friends


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss spending time with her, her phone calls all day just to say hi and see what I'm doing. Her cute giggle


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

I would tell her how much I love her.. Although I told her every day numerous times, I'd want to tell her one more time. . I'd tell her how important she is to me and how I would've done anything to help her with this struggle she hid so well

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Heroin Memorial - 2014/05/31 - Anthony Fiore - Age 24 yrs - Warrington, Pennsylvania

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2014/05/31 - Anthony Fiore - Age 24 yrs - Warrington, Pennsylvania

Submitted by: Valerie Fiore - Parent

Name: Anthony Fiore
State:  Pennsylvania, 18976
Date of Passing: 05/31/2014
Date of Birth: 10/11/1989
Age: 24 

Tell Us About Them:

Anthony was a kind hearted person and he had God given intelligence. He would make friends with those who were shy or were shunned by the "in" crowd. After Anthony passed numerous young men told me stories how Anthony went up to them, and introduced himself to them. One story I will always remember is the following: In middle school, the kids had to make groups for a project. This one boy didn't have a group to belong to. So Anthony left his group and went up to him and said, "Let's make our own group" They were friends ever since.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Anthony had a 6 year struggle with addiction. It started in 12th grade with Oxycontin, then proceeded to heroin in his sophomore year in college. He tried to stop many times. Anthony was in 3 rehabs, all 28 days or less, which is a drop in the bucket. That is why it is so important we get Anthony's Act made into law. He was sober the last 8 months of his life, and we were a happy family again. Anthony wanted to get high one more time with his "best friend" and that one time took his life. His "best friend" let him die.


What Made Them Smile?

Anthony loved to cook and eat. He was in his element when he was making a meal for the family. He also greatly enjoyed eating the meals.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss Anthony calling me "Mudder". I miss seeing my 2 boys together. I miss Anthony's laughter. I miss Anthony's beautiful face.


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

Do you have an early morning sales call? Because when he would have answered yes, then I would have checked on him sooner, and maybe saved him.

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Heroin Memorial - 2014/10/27 - Bartoz Kortokozski - Age 20 yrs - Cazenovia, New York

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2014/10/27 - Bartoz Kortokozski - Age 20 yrs - Cazenovia, New York

Submitted by: Courtney Parisou - Friend

Name: Bartoz Kortokozski 
State:  New York, 13035
Date of Passing: 10/27/2014
Date of Birth: 1/28/1993
Age: 20 

Tell Us About Them:

Bart came to America, from Poland in high school. Everyone wanted to know about him & everyone wanted to be his friend. He was a wonderful person, always helpful, always trying to make people smile & constantly making jokes and being a wise ass. He loved his friends dearly, and always had someone with him cause of his popularity.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

As one of his best friends, I honestly didn't know about his addiction. He hid it from me and everyone who was his friend in high school. It was after high school that everyone stopped keeping in touch so much.


What Made Them Smile?

Hanging out with his friends, being with my dog, going out on adventures after school.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

His laugh, his smile, his polish accent, venting to my best guy friend I had.


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

I wish I could have helped you, and I wish I never told you I hated your girlfriend cause that's what kept me and you apart. Maybe it was her jelousy of our friendship. Or maybe she was hiding the fact that she got you into heroin & didn't want me to know.

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/08/08 - Andrea Wolf - Age 30 yrs - Nesconset, New York

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2015/08/08 - Andrea Wolf - Age 30 yrs - Nesconset, New York

Submitted by: Rosann Wolf - Parent

Name: Andrea Wolf
State:  New York, 11767
Date of Passing: 08/08/2015
Date of Birth: 08/04/1985
Age: 30 

Tell Us About Them:

Loved family parties, music, tattoos, writing.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Never gave up trying to stay free. Did everything she could, rehabs, therapy, medication.


What Made Them Smile?

Her nieces and nephews, especially her Goddaughter.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss her beautiful smile, laugh and her hugs. Watching tv together.


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

You are loved more than you could ever imagine.

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/05/19 - Nathan Motley - Age 24 yrs - Springfield, Illinois

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2015/05/19 - Nathan Motley - Age 24 yrs - Springfield, Illinois

Submitted by: Connie Cooper - Parent

Name: Nathan Motley
State:  Illinois, 62702
Date of Passing: 5/19/15
Date of Birth: 5/19/91
Age: 24 

Tell Us About Them:

Nathan "Nate" is my oldest child. He was always good kid growing up, played baseball and had a great sense of humor. His talent in life was to make others laugh and to make them feel good about themselves. He wore his heart on his sleeve. He enjoyed all kinds of music and working on computers. His favorite teams included the St. Louis Cardinals and the Kansas City Chiefs.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Nate struggled with painkillers after high school (after having his wisdom teeth removed). I had him in rehab 2x, but these places didn't really make anything better. He struggled with anxiety and depression, so he self-medicated. At the time of his death, I was unaware he had been using heroin or ever even tried it. Even though he was a good kid, he did lie and let his addiction control his personality at times. I can see how conflicted he was when he wanted to not be an addict.


What Made Them Smile?

Nate's family and friends made him smile. He loved listening to music and truly enjoyed finding new music.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss him with every ounce of my life. I miss his laugh. I miss him making me laugh.


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

I'm sorry Nate I didn't understand your addiction. I am so sorry I treated you like a healthy person making bad decisions and not like a sick person needing more help. I love you so much son. I seriously do not know how to live without you!

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Heroin Memorial - 2013/04/05 - Steven Joseph Fermaint - Age 23 yrs - Bridgeview, Illinois

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2013/04/05 - Steven Joseph Fermaint - Age 23 yrs - Bridgeview, Illinois

Submitted by: Anna Prete - Parent

Name: Steven Joseph Fermaint
State:  Illinois, 60455
Date of Passing: 4-5-2013
Date of Birth: 10-25-1989
Age: 23 

Tell Us About Them:

Steven was a beautiful young man with a loving and joyous personality! He did not discriminate against anyone... He had his whole life ahead of him. He was 6 months away from graduating college at Illinois State University on a scholarship from the state of Illinois to be a special education teacher when his addiction started. We found out at his wake from the superintendent of the high school he graduated from that he had his last interview and was already hired!!! He loved helping other people and always found the positive side of everything even if it was a bad situation. He touched so many lives and it showed ... There were over 2000 people at his wake!!!


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

We found out about Stevens addiction when he overdosed for the first time. It was at the neighborhood Burger King.. He went into convulsions and fell out of the booth.. People were stepping over him like he was a bumb!!! He was minutes away from loosening his life when the ambulance arrived. He went into a treatment center and I thought that's all it would take and that he would overcome it.. Bot was I ever wrong!!! When Steven came out he was sober one week and overdosed again in our bathroom!! He went on to battle his addiction for three years.. Through that time he went through countless treatment centers.. Halfway houses sober homes and a sober Christian home.. He overdosed many more times . Through it all though he never lost his faith in Jesus or God!!! He used to tell me "mama I want to stop but I can't!! It turned my beautiful loving intelligent son to someone we no longer knew!!!


What Made Them Smile?

Everything made him smile!!! He had a smile that lit up a room and his face from ear to ear!!! His brothers made him smile... His friends.... His girlfriend... Music sports... He always had a smile on his face.. Everyone misses that beautiful smile!!!


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss everything about him!! His laugh , his smell, his jokes, his goofy dancing, his contagious personality , his hugs, but most of all I just miss him!!!!!


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

If I had the chance to say one more thing to him it would be so so much!!! That I never stopped loving him, that Through everything I was still very proud of him and everything he accomplished in his short life and most of all that his death was not in vien!!! By sharing his story it has already saved 2 lives and hope by continuing to share his story it saves more!!! I will love him and miss him forever!!!

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/12/23 - Andy Harris - Age 31 yrs - Woodsboro, Maryland

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2015/12/23 - Andy Harris - Age 31 yrs - Woodsboro, Maryland

Submitted by: Deborah Harris - Parent

Name: Andy Harris
State:  Maryland, 21798
Date of Passing: 12/23/2015
Date of Birth: 12/17/1984
Age: 31 

Tell Us About Them:

Andy was a straight A student and athlete. He was funny, caring and hard working.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Andy began a struggle with addiction after high school. He came home with a plan for success after a 3 year prison sentence for distribution.


What Made Them Smile?

Time with family and animals


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

His presence. His humor.


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 - 2013/03/16 - Paul Adkins - Age 30 yrs - Olmsted Falls, Ohio

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2013/03/16 - Paul Adkins - Age 30 yrs - Olmsted Falls, Ohio

Submitted by: Brenda Adkins - Parent

Name: Paul Adkins
State:  Ohio, 44138
Date of Passing: March 16 2013
Date of Birth: November 29 1982
Age: 30 

Tell Us About Them:

Loyal, Loving and Fearless


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

We didn't know he got so bad. He had been clean for over 10mths. Then one day he was gone.


What Made Them Smile?

Everything. He loved his family. And women.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

Everything. He was my first born son, my buddy, my companion. We could hang out together, watch TV, go camping , Swimming, he loved deeply.


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

I love you with All that I am. And I'm lost without him.

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Heroin Memorial - 2014/01/20 - Hunter Anacker - Age 29 yrs - Dana Point, California

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2014/01/20 - Hunter Anacker - Age 29 yrs - Dana Point, California

Submitted by: Healy Florancic - Parent

Name: Hunter Anacker
State:  California, 92629
Date of Passing: 1-20-2014
Date of Birth: 5-6-1984
Age: 29 

Tell Us About Them:

Compassionate, loving,full of joy humerus, selfless


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Wasn't allowed to see, hear have any contact with his daughter. ..slow death..depression


What Made Them Smile?

His daughter Lola 7 years old


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

His laugh, joy, love zest, free spirit


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

So proud, privileged, honored to have you as my son!

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/09/15 - Mike Brennan - Age 32 yrs - Simi Valley, California

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2015/09/15 - Mike Brennan - Age 32 yrs - Simi Valley, California

Submitted by: Megan Brennan - Sibling

Name: Mike Brennan 
State:  California, 93065
Date of Passing: 09/15/2015
Date of Birth: 6/8/83
Age: 32 

Tell Us About Them:

Mike, well when he was younger he has such a thirst for life. When he was younger he watched Top Gun and after he called the Navy trying to sign up at the age of 3. Later on he would actually join the navy and travel the world. He also wanted to become a musician, a writer and a poet, and he actually accomplished all his goals. When he wasn't using drugs he knew what he wanted out of life and went after it.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

My brother started using drugs around the age of 12, first it was weed, then Coke and speed, and then later it was heroin. I remember visiting him in rehab when I was only 11 and how scary the whole thing seemed to me. And when I was 18 I found out her got my 11 year old brother into heroin. I lost him a long time ago due to drugs. He had brief stints of sobriety through the years, but still continued on with alcohol during those times. There's so much about him I don't know and will never understand.


What Made Them Smile?

A witty joke, our family cat, and his guitars.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

His smile


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

I'm sorry I cut you the last two years of your life, but I had to walk away. You, our little brother and Dad were so sick with addiction I knew if I didn't leave there would be no hope for me. I'm sorry our last time together the police were involved and they wanted 
me to have you arrested, but I still told them no even though you stole and sold all my possessions. I hate the way my last years of you are terrible years to remember, fueled with your drug and alcohol addiction. I hate that when I tried to reach out to you through your friend that you blew me off, because you knew I would know you were using again. I'm so sad I'll never get to tell you I love you again. And I'm so truly sad that little boy I grew up with, with the bright shining blues eyes is gone forever. I'll miss you forever, the real you, before the drugs. I love you Mike.

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