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Heroin Memorial - 2015/08/16 - Justin Sampson - Age 31 yrs - Stow, Ohio

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2015/08/16 - Justin Sampson - Age 31 yrs - Stow, Ohio

Submitted by: Susane Sampson - Parent

Name: Justin Sampson
State:  Ohio, 44224
Date of Passing: 08/16/2015
Date of Birth: 2/12/1984
Age: 31 

Tell Us About Them:

Justin was a smart, musicially talented, gentle soul. Wanted nothing more than to be "normal" he would say.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Justin struggled for 12 years...his addiction started with a college injury and vicodin...it spiraled out of control from then. Justin was in and out of numerous rehabs in many states, so many I cannot even count. He never really had more than 6-12 months at a time of sobriety. He tried so many times and I know he wanted to be sober but this BEAST called heroin got the best of him.


What Made Them Smile?

I would have to say his cat.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

His smile and his voice and person he was before his addiction took over...


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

I love you. Please don't die on me.......

#AskMeAboutMyAngel #HeroinMemorial #GoneToSoon

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/04/15 - Anthony Siddons - Age 20 yrs - Galloway, New Jersey

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2015/04/15 - Anthony Siddons - Age 20 yrs - Galloway, New Jersey

Submitted by: Barbara Siddons - Parent

Name: Anthony Siddons
State:  New Jersey, 08205
Date of Passing: April 15 2015
Date of Birth: June 6 1994
Age: 20 

Tell Us About Them:

Anthony was a wonderful boy who loved his family and friends. He always wanted to make people laugh.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Antony struggled for a few year with his addiction he went to rehab several times but always went back. He overdosed several times before the last time that took his life.


What Made Them Smile?

Being with his family and friends they meant everything to him.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

Anthony posted that question about himself about a year before he died and I answered everything and that's still my answer Everything


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

I love you my darling son and I miss everything about you and I always will

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#AskMeAboutMyAngel #HeroinMemorial #GoneToSoon

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/10/29 - Sara Mishler - Age 25 yrs - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania

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2015/10/29 - Sara Mishler - Age 25 yrs - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania

Submitted by: Lori Mishler - Parent

Name: Sara Mishler
State:  Pennsylvania, 17050
Date of Passing: 10/29/2015
Date of Birth: 9/20/90
Age: 25 

Tell Us About Them:

Beautiful, very caring and talented young woman. Has a lot to give to this world. She loved and was loved by many, which was obvious as we ushered through over 500 people at her viewing.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Sara battled this addictions for 4 years, went through 8 months of long term rehab and left early and months later relapsed. She got clean numerous times. She was headed back to Teen Challenge to start again and finish the program this time but never made it. She got a bad dose of heroin laced with fentanyl and it killed her within minutes. We found her in the bathtub an hour later


What Made Them Smile?

Her family brought her great joy especially her niece and nephew


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

She was my best friend and we did a lot together, when she was clean. I miss her texted me during the day to tell me she loved me


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

I'm holding you in my heart till I hold you in heaven. You are so loved even in death.

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#AskMeAboutMyAngel #HeroinMemorial #GoneToSoon

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/06/26 - Jessica Chapman - Age 37 yrs - Kenosha, Wisconsin

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2015/06/26 - Jessica Chapman - Age 37 yrs - Kenosha, Wisconsin

Submitted by: judy Chapman - Parent

Name: Jessica Chapman
State:  Wisconsin, 53140
Date of Passing: 6/26/15
Date of Birth: 2/16/78
Age: 37 

Tell Us About Them:

She had a good since of humot


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

She was addicted to heroine for a long time...So much I had her children the one all her life and one for 12 years..


What Made Them Smile?

Her 16 and 12 year old ddaughters


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

Her voice


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

I love you

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#AskMeAboutMyAngel #HeroinMemorial #GoneToSoon

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Heroin Memorial - 2014/12/24 - Matthew Rogers - Age 22 yrs - Georgetown, Ohio

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2014/142/24 - Matthew Rogers - Age 22 yrs - Georgetown, Ohio

Submitted by: shannin Donaldson - Parent

Name: Matthew Rogers 
State:  Ohio, 45121
Date of Passing: 12-22-2014
Date of Birth: 01-25-1992
Age: 22 

Tell Us About Them:

Matthew had a laugh that could light up a room ..and the biggest heart ..


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Matthew had been clean and tried to use one last time and it took him from me


What Made Them Smile?

He loved his nephew so very much


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss absolutely every thing about him


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

How proud and blessed I was to be his mommy

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#AskMeAboutMyAngel #HeroinMemorial #GoneToSoon

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/08/28 - Shawn Spriggs - Age 22 yrs - Las Vegas, Nevada

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2015/08/28 - Shawn Spriggs - Age 22 yrs - Las Vegas, Nevada

Submitted by: Alysa Spriggs - Sibling

Name: Shawn Spriggs
State:  Nevada, 89108
Date of Passing: 8/28/2015
Date of Birth: 7/17/1993
Age: 22 

Tell Us About Them:

Energetic, loved all family and friends unconditionally. He was loved to fish, camp, and absolutely loved to skateboard. He took care of the people he loved the most. Loved to play music with my father. He played electric guitar, his inspirations were Megadeath and Metallica.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

He started out with me meth and im not too entirely sure how he got addicted to heroin. He would keep me and my parents at a distance with this. He'd never come home high, so he would be gone for days and even months. He knew what he was doing was wrong and how it affected us, as a family and individually. He knew the changes he had to make but I feel like heroin took over his life. Finally the heroin destroyed a valve in his heart and had an abscess on his aorta valve. He had open heart surgery, recovered for the most part. He passed away four days after he got out of the long term care hospital. He passed away sober. No drugs in his system.


What Made Them Smile?

Joking with everyone. Spending time with family, his cousins and playing music.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss hearing him greet me when we see each other. How happy he was to see me. Spending hours upon hours playing the newest Call of Duty games. Him eating my food and leaving me nothing. Because now our fridge is too full.


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

Just play another round with me. And visit me.

#AskMeAboutMyAngel #HeroinMemorial #GoneToSoon

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/12/16 - Kyle Krause - Age 24 yrs - Tacoma, Washington

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2015/12/16 - Kyle Krause - Age 24 yrs - Tacoma, Washington

Submitted by: Peter Krause - Parent

Name: Kyle Krause
State:  Washington, 98408
Date of Passing: 12-16-15 
Date of Birth: 12-22-90
Age: 24 

Tell Us About Them:

Kyle was a very forgiving young man, He was a friend to all! Everybody loved Kyle and he loved them back. He had so many friends, It really is so sad


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

I did not know about it until he came to stay with me, First he started out oxycontin and naturally went to heroin, from what I have read. I had him live with me three times. Once when him and two friends were doing oxy's then twice with his girlfriend. I knew at that point what they were doing. I tried to tell him it was a bad path and I still loved him, I still love him. He is around me in spirit! Helping me get through this nightmare!


What Made Them Smile?

Going crabbing, fishing and any thing else he was always smiling! I suppose at the end it was the heroin. He went to a halfway house and was clean, then it sucked right back in


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

Wrestling with him, we had so much fun


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

I love you, and I know that it's not your fault.

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#AskMeAboutMyAngel #HeroinMemorial #GoneToSoon

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/11/24 - John Watson - Age 29 yrs - Huntington, West Virginia

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2015/11/24 - John Watson - Age 29 yrs - Huntington, West Virginia

Submitted by: Donna Donovan - Parent

Name: John Watson
State:  West Virginia, 25701
Date of Passing: 11/24/2015
Date of Birth: 02/17/1986
Age: 29 

Tell Us About Them:

John truly was one of the most beautiful souls I had ever known...even being my son, I say this without bias. John was always looking out for others before himself, always one to help those in need. John struggled with depression and other issues from a very early age, having endured some horrible trials. John was an "old soul" from birth. The struggle with those inner demons could be seen played out in his eyes, even during his happiest moments. But he never lost his love for those in his life. When John Watson loved you, you knew it. he loved hard, and openly. He had a loyalty to those in his life I don't feel will ever be matched. Up to the hour before his death, he was reaching out and helping others in their struggles.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

After 9 good months clean, John relapsed and died. John would have been 30 this February. He was sold a batch of heroin laced with fentanyl and cocaine...died instantly. We battled this disease for 16 years. John had had clean time over the years under his belt...6 months here, a year there, but not until this last time had he actually taking recovery serious, actually worked a real program. No matter how many times I had played this scenario out in my head (11 years ago he died 3 times enroute to the hospital after an overdose of a cocktail and PCP, LSD, E, and various other drugs and laid in a coma for 3 weeks) nothing prepared me for the reality of him never coming back.


What Made Them Smile?

Being in the presence of his Tribe, dancing and drumming around Paw Paw at the placed he considered "home"..Wisteria, the love of his sister, Faith...his girlfriend, Katelynn..and her beautiful daughter he loved as his own, Kinley.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

His laughter. Oh gods, how I miss his laughter. And his hugs. His smile. His unending love that showed thru even the darkest of times in our lives. I miss coming home and finding my cupboards have been raided, lol...I miss those stinky socks he would leave around my house. I miss my son.


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

I don't really know that there is anything else I could say that I hadn't already. We told each other we loved each other hours before he died. What would I say? Don't. This time is the time...this time you WILL die. Please don't leave us...don't make this slip.

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#AskMeAboutMyAngel #HeroinMemorial #GoneToSoon

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Heroin Memorial - 2013/05/19 - Joe Kittinger - Age 36 yrs - Lodi, Wisconsin

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2013/05/19 - Joe Kittinger - Age 36 yrs - Lodi, Wisconsin

Submitted by: Sally Guajardo - Other Family

Name: Joe Kittinger
State:  Wisconsin, 53555
Date of Passing: 5/19/2013
Date of Birth: 2/8/1977
Age: 36 

Tell Us About Them:

Joe was always caring and would've given the shirt off your back.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

He struggled with addiction since he was 13 he came from a family of alcoholics and drug addiction. He was in and out of jails since he was 16. He died in the system. He would always keep in touch with me whenever he got released from prison but this last time he called and confided in me that he has been using herion and was injecting it. I walked the same road as him and tried to help and once I mentioned helping him he avoided me. Its sad that his biological father died because of drugs and so did the man that raised him who he called dad. Nor to mention an uncle and many good friends. It just goes to show you that you can't be scared into recovery only when that person us ready will they finally surrender.


What Made Them Smile?

Building cars and riding motorcycles and his children and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Not to mention the many women he was with. Not saying this in a bad way but joe had 1 girl for every day of the week and 2 for the week end.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

His smile . how he could make you smile by acting silly. We grew up in the same house so we were more like brother and sister than cousins


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

That I love him and everyone misses him and why didn't you call someone & I'm not mad at him

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#AskMeAboutMyAngel #HeroinMemorial #GoneToSoon

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