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Heroin Memorial - 2015/07/04 - Lisa Murray - Age 36 yrs - Dayton, Ohio

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2015/07/04 - Lisa Murray - Age 36 yrs - Dayton, Ohio

Submitted by: Ashley Chafin - Sibling

Name: Lisa Murray
State:  Ohio, 45401
Date of Passing: 07/04/2015
Date of Birth: 5-2-79
Age: 36 

Tell Us About Them:

Lisa was a pleasure to be around and always brought smiles to the faces of people she was around Had a great personality and was a great mom sister and aunt


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

She had ovarian cancer which she had to have surgery which lead to pills Then they got to expensive and someone showed her how heroin was cheaper and the high was better She was doing good even got clean for awhile got back into working and supporting her family Then she relapsed


What Made Them Smile?

Her kids family and friends


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss her being here her smile her laugh and her personality


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

I hope you at peace now and dont forget about us Miss and love you big sis

#AskMeAboutMyAngel #HeroinMemorial #GoneToSoon

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/07/05 - Michael Roldan - Age 27 yrs - Cocoa, Florida

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2015/07/05 - Michael Roldan - Age 27 yrs - Cocoa, Florida

Submitted by: Yvonne Roldan - Parent

Name: Michael Roldan
State:  Cocoa, Florida, 32927
Date of Passing: July 5,2015
Date of Birth: March 25, 1989
Age: 27 

Tell Us About Them:

He had survived childhood cancer only to die of heroin overdose


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

He was hook on OxyContin 6 years ago.Went to rehab and was clean for years til he went down to Miami for school and met a pretty face girl that introduced him to heroin..


What Made Them Smile?

People


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

His hugs and his beautiful smile


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

I miss you so much!!!!

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Heroin Memorial - 2012/07/11 - Michael Kramer - Age 23 yrs - Federal Way, Washington

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2012/07/11 - Michael Kramer - Age 23 yrs - Federal Way, Washington

Submitted by: Paula Kramer - Parent

Name: Michael Kramer
State:  Washington, 98023
Date of Passing: 7/11/2012
Date of Birth: 1/26/1989
Age: 23 

Tell Us About Them:

Michael was our middle child of three. He has an older brother and a younger sister. Michael was a happy, fearless child who was a natural leader until he got in to school and then his struggles began as his learning style did not fit the "norm" for how we teach in public schools. Watching Michael over the years was like watching a beautiful flower wither. We tried everything we could think of to support him and help him know how capable he was. If I could do any of it over again, I would pull him from school and have home-schooled him.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

He began smoking weed by the 8th grade and then just started checking out. He quit school and was running during his teen years. We tried residential treatment and everything we could think of and what they tell you to do in AA. He finally went to the Union Gospel Mission and for a wonderful few months we had our son back, but he ended up getting kicked out and then went back to what he knew. He wasn't using heroin until the last year or so when it became cheaper and easier to get. We had no idea he was using it until just a few months before he died. The last few months were torture watching him spin further and further out of control.


What Made Them Smile?

Michael had such a wonderful heart and great sense of humor. He loved animals and playing video games and when he was younger he loved camping with us riding his dirt bike.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

His quirky humor and big embrace.


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

I love you and I'm sorry.

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Heroin Memorial - 2013/11/30 - Bryan Hunter - Age 42 yrs - Waite Hill, Ohio

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2013/11/30 - Bryan Hunter - Age 42 yrs - Waite Hill, Ohio

Submitted by: Kerri Canter - Sibling

Name: Bryan Hunter
State:  Ohio, 44094
Date of Passing: 11/30/2013
Date of Birth: 04/06/1972
Age: 42 

Tell Us About Them:

He left a imprint on all those he came in contact with . He was a protector ,with a heart bigger then can be described.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

I will not allow heroin define the great man he was, his death did not define him


What Made Them Smile?

His daughter his friends his dog he stayed smiling even thru the pain,


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

Everything, good bad all of it


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

Im sorry I failed you you werent only my brother but my hero .I love u to da moon and back see ya on the other side white boi.

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Heroin Memorial - 2011/10/20 - Bridget Ford - Age 26 yrs - Fort Mitchell, Kentucky

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2011/10/20 - Bridget Ford - Age 26 yrs - Fort Mitchell, Kentucky

Submitted by: Amanda Hill - Sibling

Name: Bridget Ford
State:  Kentucky, 41017
Date of Passing: 10/20/2011
Date of Birth: 07/06/1985
Age: 26 

Tell Us About Them:

My sister was such a beautiful funny person. She cared so much about her family and friends. She was the youngest of three girls and defiantly had the baby in her. She loved attention and loved to shop. Her favorite actress was Marilyn Monroe. Bridget was attending beauty school. She loved to do hair and makeup.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Bridget struggled from a young age with addition. She started drinking and smoking pot. Then came the heroin. When I found out she was addicted to heroin we called tons of places trying to ger help. She went to the emergency room several times to no avail. She then got into a rehab program in Richmond Ky. I think she stayed 5 months before she was kicked out. For a while after she stayed clean, but then she fell off the wagon. The day she dies she was alone at my moms. I guess she was thinking she could do the same amount she always did and got a bag of bad stuff.


What Made Them Smile?

Bridget loved her nieces. She loved shopping and doing makeup and hair. Before her addicition was bad she loved spending time with family and friends.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss her laugh, her smile. She could make anyone laugh.


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

I love you so much! Your my best friend!

#AskMeAboutMyAngel #HeroinMemorial #GoneToSoon

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Heroin Memorial - 2005/01/05 - Shanna Smith - Age 27 yrs - Salisbury, Maryland

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2005/01/05 - Shanna Smith - Age 27 yrs - Salisbury, Maryland

Submitted by: Ashley Smith - Parent

Name: Shanna Smith
State:  Maryland, 21801
Date of Passing: 1/21/05
Date of Birth: 9/15/77
Age: 27 

Tell Us About Them:

My mom was one of the most loving and caring human beings I've ever met. She made an amazing mother, wife, and RN. She had two children, whom she loved more than anything. She was smart, funny, and selfless.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Many people did not know she struggled with addiction.. She was one of those all A students who you just knew would go Ivy League, someone you would never expect to be an addict. She didn't look like an addict, she was beautiful. She didn't have addict tendencies, poor job, poor living conditions. She didn't have a bad home life like most people assume is how you become an addict. She was just your everyday average mother, who suffered with an addiction nobody saw coming.


What Made Them Smile?

Her family. There isn't a single picture you can find where she isn't smiling ear to ear around her family. Some of my fondest memories include my mom & I sitting and watching The Golden Girls and eating dunkin donuts.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss my mom's I love you's the most. I miss her dropping me off to school and telling me she loves me more, every single day. I miss the way she laughed and how her face would get so red. I miss the way she cared more than anyone, even when it was a tad bit ridiculous. I remember one time I was eating hot spaghetti o's. I told her my chest started to hurt (probably because I scarfed down hot soup) but not even 15 minutes later she was crying her eyes out as I'm being taken in an ambulance.. Turns out I had heartburn lol.


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

Mom, 
I wish you could have been here for all my accomplishments. In the past 10 years I've gone to prom, graduated high school, gone to college, even picked my career. I wish you could have been there to remind me how important school is when I needed it the most. I wish you could have been my shoulder to cry on when i went through all the heartbreaks. I wish you could have come to my cheerleading competitions (I've gotten really good since Salvation Army) I wish you could have been there to do all the things mom's do.. Even though you haven't been with me these past 10 years, thank you for making me stronger. Thank you for helping to guide me to the right path. I'll always love you more.

#AskMeAboutMyAngel #HeroinMemorial #GoneToSoon

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/06/08 - Aaron Stocchi - Age 34 yrs - Charter Township of Clinton. Michigan

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2015/06/08 - Aaron Stocchi - Age 34 yrs - Charter Township of Clinton. Michigan

Submitted by: Danielle Stocchi - Spouse

Name: Aaron Stocchi
State:  Michigan, 48035

Date of Passing: June 8, 2015
Date of Birth: May 9, 1981
Age: 34 

Tell Us About Them:

Aaron was a total goofball. He loved to laugh and make others laugh. He loved to watch movies and had a pretty extensive collection. He also enjoyed music like Tool & Nirvana. He had a heart of gold and would truly do anything for anyone.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Aaron suffered from a childhood disease which left him with chronic pain for his entire life. The addictions started back in his early teenage yeara with pills then escalated throughout the years. He had bouts of being "clean" while attending a methadone clinic for years at a time. Most people assume that he died from a heroin overdose when in fact he did not. Heroin was not even present in his system. He died from intoxication due to the combined effects of fentanyl, acetyl fentanyl, xanax and valium. In my heart, however, i believe he thought it was heroin though.


What Made Them Smile?

Stand up comedy, his family... simple things really...


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss his personality. I miss the way he used to do even the littlest things. I miss him calling me "babe" constantly.


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

I will always love you and Im so sorry i didnt try harder to get you help that could have saved your life.

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#AskMeAboutMyAngel #HeroinMemorial #GoneToSoon

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/07/28 - Pedro Santiago - Age 41 yrs - Orwell, Ohio

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2015/07/28 - Pedro Santiago - Age 41 yrs - Orwell, Ohio

Submitted by: Stephanie Steen - Other Family

Name: Pedro Santiago
State:  Ohio, 44076
Date of Passing: 7-28-15
Date of Birth: 10-25-73
Age: 41 

Tell Us About Them:

This is a photo of my son next to one of his father. The photo of my son was taken at his fathers burial. This look on his face will haunt me until the day I die. This is heroin .


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

I did not know about Pedro's addiction . He kept it concealed from me. The weight of never having had the opportunity to even try to help him will never leave me.


What Made Them Smile?

His children made him smile.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss his laugh . I miss the days when my son wasn't one step from being an orphan. I miss my friend.


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 it would be thank you for giving me the greatest gift of my life. See you soon

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/05/04 - Amanda Elam - Age 23 yrs - Covington, Kentucky

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2015/05/04 - Amanda Elam - Age 23 yrs - Covington, Kentucky

Submitted by: Christa Elam - Parent

Name: Amanda Elam
State:  Kentucky, 41015
Date of Passing: 05/04/2015
Date of Birth: 10/08/1991
Age: 23 

Tell Us About Them:

Amanda was a beautiful, goofy, sweet and wonderful daughter. My first born and only daughter. She made me smile all the day. She had a contagious laugh. She became a Mom at 16 but that didn't stop her from going to school and she had another child at 18 just 6 weeks before graduating high school. She did so and became a Mom again when she was 21. She had 2 handsome sons and a beautiful daughter. She was a good mom.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

I did not know about her addiction until about 14 months before she passed away. She had moved out when she was 18 with her boyfriend (the father of all her kids). I found out her kids were living with their grandparents and they were living in a hotel. Needless to say she was arrested for shoplifting twice and then she came to stay with me. I tried my best to help her. Wish I had known then what I know now about a lot of things and could of helped her more. She was depressed without her kids and was admitted for 5 days to behavior health. About 3 weeks after being released she bought what she thought was Heroin and she passed away from overdose 5/4/15. We found out a few months later that it was actually fentanyl in large quantity that killed her.


What Made Them Smile?

Her children. She loved them with all her heart.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

Her laugh, her smile, her beautiful face. Hearing her laughing upstairs at 3 am talking to her friends who were not on drugs.


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

I love you pretty girl and I wish I could of done more for you. You are thought of and missed so much by all your children , family and friends.

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#AskMeAboutMyAngel #HeroinMemorial #GoneToSoon

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Heroin Memorial - 2013/03/14 - Kayla Haubner - Age 22 yrs - Covington, Kentucky

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2013/03/14 - Kayla Haubner - Age 22 yrs - Covington, Kentucky

Submitted by: Karen Young - Parent

Name: Kayla Haubner
State:  Kentucky, 41015
Date of Passing: 3-14-13
Date of Birth: 4-11-1990
Age: 22 

Tell Us About Them:

Kayla was a wild spirited girl. She loved her family and friends, and would do anything for anyone. She was a hard worker and was venturing out on her own. Kayla could light up a room with her smile and infectious laugh!


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Kayla had a softball sized cyst removed from her ovary and was in extreme pain. She became addicted to the pain pills, and when the refills ran out she turned to heroin.


What Made Them Smile?

Her dog Molly, always made her smile.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

Her laugh, her sense of humor her heart of gold.


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

If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever!

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/05/29 - Steven Hall - Age 24 yrs - Edgewood, Maryland

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2015/05/29 - Steven Hall - Age 24 yrs - Edgewood, Maryland

Submitted by: Autumn Holland - Spouse

Name: Steven Hall
State:  Maryland, 21040
Date of Passing: 05/29/2015
Date of Birth: 6-1-1990 
Age: 24 

Tell Us About Them:

Steven was truly amazing , smart , outgoing , funny , caring and loving and also known as the family jokester . He had a good career and was going to do big things one day . He was the youngest sibiling . He had an older sister Stephanie and an older brother Shawn . He had a big family that truly loved him and a future wife with a little family of their own, along with many friends .


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

His addiction started with pills. He would do them here and there and then got to doing them every day. Then he found heroin and then soon got addicted to that.


What Made Them Smile?

Just being around family and friends . Enjoying the outdoors . Having a cold beer with his family on family night.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss his smile . How he used to joke with everyone . How he never have up no matter how difficult the situation was .


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

That We love him very much and that we forgive him. And We wish that we could have saved him.

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/02/23 - Joshua Delbrugge - Age 25 yrs - Martins Ferry, Ohio

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02/23/2016 - Joshua Delbrugge - Age 25 yrs - Martins Ferry, Ohio

Submitted by: Angela Haberfield - Sibling

Name: Joshua Delbrugge 
State:  Ohio, 43935
Date of Passing: 02/23/2016
Date of Birth: 2/15/1989
Age: 25 

Tell Us About Them:

Best brother and uncle in the world. Had the biggest heart and would do anything for his friends and family.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Hidden. Not sure if he had ever done heroin, but discovered after overdose from heroin he was addicted to pain pills.


What Made Them Smile?

Family; especially his niece Madison; PITTSBURGH Steelers


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

Everything-his laugh, his hugs, his smile, his voice


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

I love you and am here for you. I want to help you and support you in any way I can.

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/03/21 - Daniel Foley - Age 20 yrs - Wyandotte, Michigan

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2015/03/21 - Daniel Foley - Age 20 yrs - Wyandotte, Michigan

Submitted by: Donna Foley - Parent

Name: Daniel Foley
State:  Michigan, 48192
Date of Passing: 03/21/2015
Date of Birth: 08/05/1984
Age: 20 

Tell Us About Them:

He has the most amazing sense of humor and could hold entire conversations with movie quotes. A very loving soul. Very smart but didnt know it.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

His addiction struggle was less then a year long. In treatment once and he relapsed and died after approximately 41 days clean


What Made Them Smile?

Everything... but mostly Dane Cook jokes with his sister


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

His smile. His sense of humor. Seeing and hugging and kissing him every night before bed


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

I am so very sorry I couldnt do more to save you my beautiful boy

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Heroin Memorial - 2011/11/30 - Andrew Schofield - Age 24 yrs - Mount Airy, Maryland

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2011/11/30 - Andrew Schofield - Age 24 yrs - Mount Airy, Maryland

Submitted by: Gabrielle Cottone - Other Family

Name: Andrew Schofield
State:  Maryland, 21771
Date of Passing: 11/30/2011
Date of Birth: 06/02/1987
Age: 24 

Tell Us About Them:

Andrew was a hard working, kind hearted and genuine person. He was a loving father, son, brother and friend.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Andrews struggle lasted about 4 years. He hated the drugs and what they took from him. He wanted to get help and to change his life for the better. He fought his addiction, tried to get clean many times. He was ashamed of his addiction and knew he was a better person, he just couldn't get the help he needed.


What Made Them Smile?

Everything, but especially his son, Braiden. He Loved his son more than anything else!


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss everything about Andrew. There will never be another AJS.


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

I Love you and I'm sorry

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/04/26 - Caitlin Cadden - Age 23 yrs - Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania

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2015/04/26 - Caitlin Cadden - Age 23 yrs - Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania

Submitted by: Dorothy Cadden - Parent

Name: Caitlin Cadden
State:  Pennsylvania, 17361

Date of Passing: 04-26-2015
Date of Birth: 09-06-1991
Age: 23 

Tell Us About Them:

Caitlin was my youngest and only daughter. She was my best friend. We did many things together and I miss her dearly. She was a champion of people. She would lend a listening ear to anyone who needed one.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

I truly believe that the first time Cait tried Herion she had no idea of its highly addictive components. She was out of her realm of understanding. A teen ager testing the limits. In high school she did not do drugs or attend parties. It was not until senior week that it began.


What Made Them Smile?

Cait loved animals and especially her Cat Harley. She was also attracted to the children in the room she was a natural with them.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I desperately miss her company and kind heart. She is missed by many. Their is a hole in our large Catholic family.


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

That I love her no matter what. That her relapse would have been just a set back that we would have continued to fight by her side. Not enabling but fighting.

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Heroin Memorial - 2013/08/08 - Nicholas Specht - Age 30 yrs - Fort Thomas, Kentucky

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2013/08/08 - Nicholas Specht - Age 30 yrs - Fort Thomas, Kentucky

Submitted by: Holly Specht - Parent (www.NKYHatesHeroin.com)

Name: Nicholas Specht 
State:  Kentucky, 41075
Date of Passing: August 8, 2013
Date of Birth: July 16, 1983
Age: 30 

Tell Us About Them:

Nicholas was a family man, he was proud of his family and tried to attend every single family gathering he could. Nicholas was blessed, he knew very well without a doubt he was loved, deeply by his family.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Nicholas struggled for a long time with his addiction. His usage started with marijuana then pills then a year before we lost him, he used Heroin. Heroin took his soul, his heart, his brain then lastly his life.


What Made Them Smile?

Without a doubt his uncles, camping, fishing with his dad, frisbee golf with his best friend and last but NOT least his dog, Ruger...


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

His smile and his deep voice and his hugs and the way he would kiss the top of my head.


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

Nicholas until my last breath you will never be forgotten and I NEVER EVER stopped loving you.

#AskMeAboutMyAngel #HeroinMemorial #GoneToSoon #NKYHatesHeroin

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/06/01 - Amy Scheele - Age 38 yrs - Alcove, New York

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2015/06/01 - Amy Scheele - Age 38 yrs - Alcove, New York

Submitted by: Marlene Scheele - Parent

Name: Amy Scheele
State:  New York, 12046
Date of Passing: 6/1/15
Date of Birth: 5/10/76
Age: 38 

Tell Us About Them:

She was a caring loving person who Loved life but had a hard time with it. She was an artist and very intelligent .brutally honest. A good person


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

My daughter struggled with addiction most of her life . She got treatment went back to school started a career . She wanted to live life "like a normal person " in other words not having to depend on methadone treatment she weened off her choice. One year later she had a relapse overdose. One time killed her


What Made Them Smile?

Her cats , her makeup she was a makeup artist. Family


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

Our talks


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

I love you with all my heart

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Heroin Memorial - 2010/11/05 - Gretchen Smarra - Age 43 yrs - McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania

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2010/11/05 - Gretchen Smarra - Age 43 yrs - McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania

Submitted by: Gretchen Smarra - Parent

Name: Gretchen Smarra
State:  Pennsylvania, 15136
Date of Passing: 11/5/10
Date of Birth: 2/3/67
Age: 43 

Tell Us About Them:

Gretchen was beautiful, strong and loyal! She loved her husband, children and family! She had a smile that would light up a room and had the ability to turn it upside down in her exit. Her 3 children meant the world to her and her death has crippled the family!


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Her struggle was long, exhausting and overwhelming! May she finally be at peace with herself in death!


What Made Them Smile?

Her children


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?

I'm sorry

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/01/07 - Damien Smith - Age 37 yrs - Central Lake, Michigan

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2015/01/07 - Damien Smith - Age 37 yrs - Central Lake, Michigan

Submitted by: Robin Sommer - Parent

Name: Damien Smith
State:  Michigan, 49622
Date of Passing: 01/07/2015
Date of Birth: 12/9/1977
Age: 37 

Tell Us About Them:

Damien was an amazing athlete in high school. He played in a men's basketball league for many years and fought in the cage in a fight league. He would be the first to fight a family or friend's battle for them. He was also a very loving, patient father to two beautiful little girls. He was a roofer by trade and would share job site pictures from rooftops overlooking scenic lakes from "his office window". He loved sports, telling jokes, fishing, family bonfires and watching his little girls grow and learn. He loved a good steak dinner and pineapple upside down cake.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

I believe he became addicted to opiates when he broke his jaw in a fight and was prescribed narcotics after having surgery to wire his jaw closed. He survived an overdose in his late 20s, and spent a year and a half in prison on a drug charge. He met his daughter for the first time in prison. He wrote letters home about taking responsibility for his mistakes and starting a new life caring for his daughter. He had a family who loved him fiercely and two little girls who thought the world of him, but he lost his battle on a cold, wintry night to a fetanol/heroin overdose.


What Made Them Smile?

Watching his little girls have fun, sharing stories and jokes with his friends and family.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss his huge bear hugs, his chuckle, and stroll through the kitchen with his "hey ma" greeting while he looks for something good to eat. I miss watching him love on his children and playfully tease his girlfriend.


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

I wish I knew how to save him. I loved him all his earthly life and will miss him the rest of mine. I am so grateful for the greatest gift he ever gave me, his two beautiful daughters, and how they remind me so much of him.

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/12/17 - Aaron Starrs - Age 21 yrs - Forest Hill, Maryland

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2015/12/17 - Aaron Starrs - Age 21 yrs - Forest Hill, Maryland

Submitted by: Tracy Martin - Parent

Name: Aaron Starrs
State:  Maryland, 21050
Date of Passing: 12/17/2015
Date of Birth: 9/23/1994
Age: 21 

Tell Us About Them:

Aaron was my youngest child and my only son. He was simply amazing. He could light up the room in a moments time. He was kind, funny, just wonderful. He had the most beautiful smile. He graduated high school in 2012. Attended Harford Community College for a year. He loved music! Especially Dub Step. I could go on and on about how sweet he was. He was just perfect to me.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Aaron's struggle began in high school. I believe it started with pills. But over the past 2 years it progressed into heroin use. He had attended rehab but relapsed many times. But what took him in the end was Fentanyl. I believe it was the next level with the heroin.


What Made Them Smile?

Gosh, it was easy to make Aaron smile. And when he smiled it was contagious! Aaron was very funny and loved to make fun of me. His little nephews always made him smile. I thought life made him smile.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss that smile! It could light up the room. I miss hearing him say, "Mom." I am just shattered into a million pieces without him.


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

I love you Aaron to the moon and back and nothing would or will ever change that!

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