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Heroin Memorial - 2014/02/15 - Melissa Keeling - Age 28 yrs - Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

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2014/02/15 - Melissa Keeling - Age 28 yrs - Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

Submitted by: Shirley Gard - Parent

Name: Melissa Keeling 
State:  Ohio, 44221

Date of Passing: 02/15/2014
Date of Birth: 09/08/1985
Age: 28 

Tell Us About Them:

She had a heart of gold, a laugh that caught my heart every time I heard it.. My baby girl


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

People places and things.. They followed her everywhere and she was so unhappy with herself and so weak when it came to making the right decision the wrong one ultimately took her life.


What Made Them Smile?

Her children, lots of things when she wasn't high.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

Her kindness, her beautiful smile and laugh, so so much!!


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

I'm sorry that life was so hard for you baby girl, I forgive you and I love and miss you with everything that I am...

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/10/03 - Megan Brewer - Age 30 yrs - Winchester, Kentucky

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2015/10/03 - Megan Brewer - Age 30 yrs - Winchester, Kentucky

Submitted by: Kara Turley - Sibling

Name: Megan Brewer
State:  Kentucky, 40391

Date of Passing: 10/03/2015
Date of Birth: 06-18-1985
Age: 30 

Tell Us About Them:

Megan's was caring and had the biggest heart ever. She was my baby sister and best friend.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

She was addicted to heroin for years but she wanted to be clean so bad.


What Made Them Smile?

Her BOYS.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

Laughing together and her smile.


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

I'm sorry I couldn't help you more, you was stronger than anyone I ever knew. Love you always.

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/11/15 - Rachel Anderson - Age 22 yrs - Dana Point, California

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2015/11/15 - Rachel Anderson - Age 22 yrs - Dana Point, California

Submitted by: Pam Anderson - Parent

Name: Rachel Anderson
State:  California, 92624

Date of Passing: 11/15/15
Date of Birth: 1/5/93
Age: 22 

Tell Us About Them:

My daughter is the most beautiful, caring, loving, funny, sweet, person I know


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

After she had her son I thought she was done with heroin, I am the only one that didn't know she had relapsed.


What Made Them Smile?

Her son, her job, me, her nephews and nieces


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

her beautiful smile with dimples and her laugh


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

I'm sorry, I wish I had known you had relapsed, I LOVE YOU, but then she knew how much I loved her

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/08/13 - Rinaldo DePaola - Age 24 yrs - Sayre, Pennsylvania

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2015/08/13- Rinaldo DePaola - Age 24 yrs - Sayre, Pennsylvania

Submitted by: Geri DePaola - Parent

Name: Rinaldo DePaola
State:  Pennsylvania, 18840

Date of Passing: 08/13/2015
Date of Birth: 10/23/1990
Age: 24 

Tell Us About Them:

Rinaldo, known as RayRay was charming, very intelligent, engagong, funny, he could talk to anyone in any situation. He was athletic, loved by many.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

RayRay started using opiates in high school. They were never prescribed, but given to him initially to help him play through the pain of a football injury. He smoked pot as well, and, if the truth he known, used whatever he could get his hands on. This evolved into the heroin addiction which eventually led him to jail. After 6 + months sober he relapsed and died from fentayl-laced heroin with his first use.


What Made Them Smile?

Everything. He loved life, dogs, babies, his family. He was a prankster.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

His voice, his hugs. He wasn't a big guy, but he was strong and wrap his big strong arms around me. I loved working in the yard with him.


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

Please be strong, we need you.

#AskMeAboutMyAngel #HeroinMemorial #GoneToSoon

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/07/04 - Kelly Coughlin - Age 24 yrs - New Haven, Connecticut

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2015/07/04 - Kelly Coughlin - Age 24 yrs - New Haven, Connecticut

Submitted by: John Coughlin - Sibling

Name: Kelly Coughlin
State:  Connecticut, 06512

Date of Passing: 07/04/2015
Date of Birth: 02/23/1991
Age: 24 

Tell Us About Them:

Kelly, my baby sister, my only younger sibling, was a beautiful person. She had eyes and a smile that could light up the darkest places. She had a love for animals and dogs. Not the cuddly cute ones, but he broken ones and the ones with a bad rap. Kelly struggled in a few different aspects of life but the one thing she never struggled with was the love for her family. It brought her more hurt to know what she was doing to us rather then herself. She passed away last summer from a heroin overdose. She was far away in California trying to find a way to be clean. She hung on long enough for my family to fly from CT to be with her before she passed. I love you Kelly and I'll carry you with me in my heart forever. 

-your boy.


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Heroin Memorial - 2008/09/18 - James Hetrick - Age 50 yrs - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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2008/09/18 - James Hetrick - Age 50 yrs - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Submitted by: Erin Curran - Other Family

Name: James Hetrick
State:  Pennsylvania, 19123

Date of Passing: September 18th 2008
Date of Birth: May 25th 1958
Age: 50 

Tell Us About Them:

My dad was the most wonderful caring man who knew endless amounts of useless information.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

His addiction issues started at a very young age due to an abusive childhood.


What Made Them Smile?

Children, Johnny cash, fishing, being with his children


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

His funny jokes and warm smile having someone to talk to when I'm feeling down


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

I always have and always will love you and I wish you were here to meet your amazing grandson 

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Heroin Memorial - 2014/06/22 - Rebecca Pisall - Age 20 yrs - North Branch, New York

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Heroin Memorial - 2014/01/01 - George Rapp - Age 33 yrs - Irwin, Pennsylvania

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Heroin Memorial - 2014/12/16 - Anthony Resti - Age 26 yrs - Honesdale, Pennsylvania

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Heroin Memorial - 2013/11/13 - Wesley Darling - Age 31 yrs - Virginia Beach, Virginia

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/09/03 - Brian Glynn - Age 33 yrs - Sheboygan, Wisconsin

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Heroin Memorial - 2007/05/19 - Scott Klima - Age 22 yrs - Glen Burnie, Maryland

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2007/05/19 - Scott Klima - Age 22 yrs - Glen Burnie, Maryland

Submitted by: Kristy Flower - Sibling

Name: Scott Klima
State:  Maryland, 21061
Date of Passing: 05/19/07
Date of Birth: 07/20/84
Age: 22 

Tell Us About Them:

He was a good man, my best friend. He would give the shirt off his back to anyone who needed it. He was kind and gentle. He was smart and talented.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

He was clean for over a year and one more time became one last time.


What Made Them Smile?

His family and pets, nature, fishing.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

He made me laugh more than anyone ever has.


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

You are worthy of a good life and I am here to help you.

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Heroin Memorial - 2016/01/02 - Brendan Strunck - Age 24 yrs - Richmond, Kentucky

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2016/01/02 - Brendan Strunck - Age 24 yrs - Richmond, Kentucky

Submitted by: Nikki Strunck - Parent

Name: Brendan Strunck
State:  Kentucky, 40475
Date of Passing: 01/02/2016
Date of Birth: 05/07/1991
Age: 24 

Tell Us About Them:

He had the biggest hard, was compassionate, smart, funny and loved kids!


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

His struggle began at age 13. Started with weed, ended with heroin. His disease lead him to never REALLY live.. He never had an apartment, held down a REAL job. The majority of his life was lived in a jail cell, safe from drugs


What Made Them Smile?

Music and making people laugh


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

His smile! It could light up the room. His voice.. He was an awesome singer.. His hugs.. They were so tight!!!


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

I miss you so so much and I hope you know how much you are loved.

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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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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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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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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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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.......

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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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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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