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


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

Submitted by: Heather Smith - Parent

Name: Zachary Smith
State:  Pennsylvania, 15963

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

Tell Us About Them:

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

Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

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

What Made Them Smile?

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

What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

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

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

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

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