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Heroin Memorial - 2016/03/11 - Matthew Paulis - Age 34 yrs - Chicago, Illinois

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2016/03/11 - Matthew Paulis - Age 34 yrs - Chicago, Illinois

Submitted by: Linda Dalton - Parent

Name: Matthew Paulis 
State:  Illinois, 60632

Date of Passing: 03/11/2016
Date of Birth: 2-25-82
Age: 34 

Tell Us About Them:

Matthew was the youngest of 6 kids,he was warm and loving, with the most beautiful smile,and had this crazy ability to take things apart and put them back together,he also had some struggles with self love,but he lived us,and we certainly loved him,I am so sorry my sweet boy.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Matthew kept that part of his life mostly to himself,I knew about it and tried to help,but he lied a lot about it alot,he took off and I didn't see him for a while but a few years ago we got back together and I discovered that if I wanted to have any part of my son is was going to have to not judge him or harp at him every time I heard from him or saw him,and that while our relationship was going to be difficult and different, we made a deal that I would simply live him and he would not steal from me,I held up my end of the deal,and I loved him and he knew it.


What Made Them Smile?

Matthew smiled at most things,he confused me at times that he could smile so often while in so much pain,he smiled at me when I would come see him,he was homeless but we would meet and have a meal and he would smile when he saw me pull up in the car,and would continue to smile through our whole meeting, but most of all he would smile when I talked about his brother and sisters


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss his voice,I miss his smike,I miss my boy


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

I'm sorry my phone was downstairs when you called me at 12:31 am on March 11th because it would have been the last time I heard your sweet voice and that I was not there for you to hear mine right before God took you away, and that I love you and have always loved you with all my heart and soul

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/07/28 - Michael Stevens - Age 23 yrs - Albrightsville, Pennsylvania

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2015/07/28 - Michael Stevens - Age 23 yrs - Albrightsville, Pennsylvania

Submitted by: Toni Stevens - Parent

Name: Michael Stevens
State:  Pennsylvania, 18210

Date of Passing: 07/28/2015
Date of Birth: 09/10/1991
Age: 23 

Tell Us About Them:

Michael was the youngest of my 4 children. He was my baby. He was the brightest and most inquisitive of the 4. he had an innate talent in fixing things. As a baby, he would break his mechanical toys apart because he wanted to know how they worked. I bought him the Reader's Digest book, "How Things Work"when he was 7. As an adult, he worked as an audio installer and did different types of fabrications for cars, boats and motorcycles. He never went to school for this - he was intuitive and learned on the job. He took his electrical certification and passed on his first try without ever studying. He was crazy smart and talented. His goal was to have a shop of his own.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Michael became addicted to percocet following dental surgery. He was living in Tulsa at the time. When he could no longer get his prescriptions refilled it transitioned to Roxycodone. Some ass showed him how he could crush his pills and mix with water and inject it. Everything fell apart for my son. Money went to support his addiction. He lost his apartment, his furnishings, his car was repo'ed and each and every time I bailed him out. He eventually moved back home to PA where his self destruction continued. Roxies weren't as available here in the Poconos but heroin certainly was. Stints at rehab were predicatably ineffective. My son was clean for 3 weeks were the pressure to use was overwhelming. He shot up what he normally used. I found him dead on my bathroom floor. The most horrific day of my life.


What Made Them Smile?

Michael loved to fish, he loved his pets and his siblings and his friends. He loved my cooking and was always home for one of my dinners.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss everything about Michael. We were extremely close. I was so proud of him and love him dearly. Im a vendor and when my son was small he always accompanied me on my road trips during the summer. I always tried to make the trips interesting for him. We actually me the American Chopper guys before they became famous. My route took me past the original shop in Montgomery, NY. I miss Michael's beautiful smile, his easy going manner, his wit and one liners, his crazy sense of humor. I sometimes feel that I can't breath when I realize that I wont see my son again in this lifetime. My heart is broken and my spirt shattered.


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

Sweetheart, please forgive me for not understanding your struggle and what you went through. I love you baby and miss you so much. I wish God would take me so that I could be with you. Unfortunately, I learned more of my son's addiction after he was gone and regret that I didnt help him more.

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/07/17 - Keith Kutzler - Age 37 yrs - Effort, Pennsylvania

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2015/07/17 - Keith Kutzler - Age 37 yrs - Effort, Pennsylvania

Submitted by: Alison Kutzler - Spouse

Name: Keith Kutzler 
State:  Pennsylvania, 18330

Date of Passing: 7-17-2015
Date of Birth: 5-29-1978
Age: 37 

Tell Us About Them:

He was a father to his two wonderful boys. He was everyone's savior and would give you the shirt off of his back. He loved his family and what he did. His passion was motorcycles, cars, and dirt bikes. He was a coach to his boys in baseball and to many others in wrestling. He loved his tattoos, he loved tattooing people, and he ironically hated needles. His laugh and smile were contagious.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

It began with flesh eating bacteria.... which led to his addiction to the pain pills. I couldn't help him and it pained me to watch. He went to rehab once, and I didn't allow him home when out. He needed to show he changed his ways. Sadly, 10 months later he was back in rehab, this time hooked on heroin. He moved back home after this time to spend more time with his boys. Almost 3 months to the day he was clean, I came home to find him gone.


What Made Them Smile?

His boys, the beach, friends, riding dirt bikes, and his family


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

Talking to him. He would listen to me for hours. When he was sober he was so supportive and always made me feel.like I could conquer the world. I miss his smile and the quirky little.things we would do..... 20 years together you have a few.


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

I never stopped loving you

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/11/05 - Patrick McGivetn - Age 29 yrs - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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2015/11/05 - Patrick McGivetn - Age 29 yrs - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Submitted by: Patty Ranallo - Parent

Name: Patrick McGivetn
State:  Pennsylvania, 15212

Date of Passing: 11-05-2015
Date of Birth: 3-27-1986
Age: 29 

Tell Us About Them:

Quiet, kind. Loving to his family enjoyed boating and fishing at grandparents camp. Loved music, all kinds and played the guitar either acoustic or electric for fun! Hard worker, willing to help coworkers, or the elderly or even homeless


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Patrick struggled for 9 years with heroin addiction, between detox, rehab and staying in recovery homes.


What Made Them Smile?

His family, older cousins he went to school with and then his younger who would want to play ball or guitar with him "when he came around"


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss "HIM" his voice, his company. I miss my beautiful baby boy


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

I hope you are finally happy in heaven and continue to play your guitar We all love you Pat!!! You are loved by many!

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/07/20 - Anthony Naporano - Age 25 yrs - Mastic Beach, New York

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2015/07/20 - Anthony Naporano - Age 25 yrs - Mastic Beach, New York

Submitted by: Lisa Clifford - Parent

Name: Anthony Naporano
State:  New York, 11951

Date of Passing: July 20 2015
Date of Birth: October 1 1989 
Age: 25 

Tell Us About Them:

Anthony was a talented and smart boy , he played sports and played piano . He never was married or had any children , he was a brother and an uncle .


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Anthony got into a car accident and that started the journey with pain pills , when he could no longer obtain the pills heroin became his friend . He would get clean for small amounts of time but always found a way back to the heroin . As his mom , I hated to see his struggle and tried to do an intervention . I am an active member of AA and believe recovery is possible and there is hope . He became very angry with me for that attempt . But later on down the road he would become clean again and thank me and tell me he knew I was trying to help and that he would love me always . Anthony was clean and getting his life together , he had a car and a job and was genuinely happy . He could not wait to see me and. He would drive us fishing . We made plans and that was the last time I heard his voice .


What Made Them Smile?

Anthony loved to snow board and fish . Every time we went fishing he was smiling . He also loved to cook and he would smile when we cooked together .


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss his voice and his hugs our fishing trips and his love .


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

I love you so much don't ever forget that .

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/04/20 - Erik Kihner - Age 24 yrs - Houston, Texas

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2015/04/20 - Erik Kihner - Age 24 yrs - Houston, Texas

Submitted by: Lauren Kuhner - Sibling

Name: Erik Kihner
State:  Texas, 77070

Date of Passing: 04/20/2015
Date of Birth: 03/21/1991
Age: 24 

Tell Us About Them:

Erik never realized how amazing he really was. He had one sisters athletic ability, and the others brain. He was outgoing, funny, and artistic.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

It took control over him. Nothing could stop him from getting what he wanted. Addiction, Heroin, drinking stole my brother. He became angry, lazy, depressed, a criminal.


What Made Them Smile?

His Friends around, animals, family, cookie cake, skateboarding.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

How loving, sweet, and caring he was when he was sober. His silly, whacky since of humor. His ability to stand up for others.


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

You changed me for the better. Thank you.

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Heroin Memorial - 2014/06/07 - Greg Bradley - Age 36 yrs - Bartlett, Tennessee

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2014/06/07 - Greg Bradley - Age 36 yrs - Bartlett, Tennessee

Submitted by: Andrea Bradley - Sibling

Name: Greg Bradley
State:  Tennessee, 38134

Date of Passing: 06/07/2014
Date of Birth: 05/03/1978
Age: 36 

Tell Us About Them:

Greg was the best big brother a girl could ask for and an even better uncle to my baby girl. He loved sports, the Memphis Tigers and Grizzlies, along with the Atlanta Braves. He loved playing video games. He was my families protector, a best friend to many, and my best friend.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

My brother dealt with alot of emotional pain throughout his life, mostly due to his weight. He suffered from depression and you could always tell when he was off his medicine. I wasn't made aware of his heroin usage until May 3rd, 2013, when his best friend called and told me while I was living in Nashville. Unfortunately, I couldn't do anything from that far away so I called my Daddy. They confronted my brother and he told them he had only tried it a few times and he did not have a problem. After that he didn't speak to me for months. Thankfully we made up before he passed, yet I was never sure he was using. I would ask questions and try to get him to slip up and tell me, but he never would. Below is my story of the night I realized how right I was, he was still using.

Below you will see the story of the night I lost my brother to a heroin overdose. I'm trying to help as many people as I can and was hoping you could share this story on your page. 

On June 7th, 2014, at 8:36 pm, my life was forever changed. I had just moved back to Memphis from Nashville with my 3 yr old daughter. That night I heard my Mom banging on my brothers door. He didn't respond and I could hear the fear in her voice. I ran out of my room and banged on the door as loud as I could while my Mom and I both yelled for him. My 3 yr old daughter was standing right in between us. After trying to kick the locked door open, I grabbed the key and opened the door to my worst nightmare. My brother, lying on the floor, face first, unresponsive. My first instinct was to grab my daughter and take her away, while instructing my Mom to call 911. I locked my daughter in my Dad's office and ran back to my brothers room. My mom then threw the phone at me not able to talk and told me to tell the 911 operator she saw a needle near him. At this time, my dad was already in my brothers room trying to flip him over so he could perform cpr. My brother was a big guy and my dad struggled to flip him over. I somehow found the strength to flip him over and my Dad began cpr. At this time, I witnessed my father punching my brothers chest, hoping to give his heart life as I was wiping the foam out of his mouth and yelling at the 911 operator. While I was wiping the foam away, he bit my finger, then the paramedics arrived. After they arrived, I got my daughter and took her outside, away from the madness. The paramedics worked on him for atleast two hours, and my Mom, Dad and I had hope for those 2 hours that everything was going to be okay. Unfortunately, that didn't happen. On June 7th, 2014, my life, my daughters life, my parents lives changed forever. I lost my brother, my daughter lost her uncle, and my parents lost their son. The pain of losing him is something that we all deal with daily. Including my now 5 yr old who still thinks her Uncle Greg is going to show up anytime. I want addicts to understand they can seek help. My brother was too proud, he thought he was invincible. He wanted to stop but heroin, his pride, and his addiction didn't allow that to happen. I pray that those using, who want to stop, will do it. If they need help, there are so many options out there. Don't put your family through the pain and suffering we live with and will live with the rest of our lives. 

I'm sorry for the long message. It's something that is always there though and after seeing your page, I wanted to thank you. I'm not sure if getting my experience out there will help others, but I feel I need to do something.


What Made Them Smile?

His niece Ella! Greg adored his niece. Time with friends and family, he was always the one joking around.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

EVERYTHING!!!! I miss everything about 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 - 2014/07/12 - Lance Eager - Age 20 yrs - Pasadena, Maryland

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2014/07/12 - Lance Eager - Age 20 yrs - Pasadena, Maryland

Submitted by: Ann Youngblood - Parent

Name: Lance Eager
State:  Maryland, 21122

Date of Passing: 07/12/2014
Date of Birth: 08/04/1993
Age: 20 

Tell Us About Them:

Lance was very athletic. He loved playing football. He was a jokester and loved to make people laugh. He had a big hurt and cared about his family and friends.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Lance struggled with addiction for about 7yrs before he lost his battle. He started with drinking and marijuana before going to pills. A year before he passed we found out he was using heroin. He was sober for 90 days and doing so well. This was his turning point...he wanted more then anything to live a sober and happy life. He made one last mistake that cost him the ultimate price.


What Made Them Smile?

He was a jokester so acting silly and making his friends smile made him smile


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss him being his goofy self and picking on me and his brothers. He has an older and younger brother. He loved to agitate his little brother but he loved him very much.


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

I am so proud of you. You have become a handsome, redponsible young man. I know how hard you fought this disease! I love you my sweet baby.

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Heroin Memorial - 2016/01/22 - Cory Day - Age 24 yrs - West Seneca, New York

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2016/01/22 - Cory Day - Age 24 yrs - West Seneca, New York

Submitted by: Jamie Smith - Friend

Name: Cory Day
State:  New York, 14224

Date of Passing: 01/22/2016
Date of Birth: 03/27/1991
Age: 24 

Tell Us About Them:

Cory had a sense of humor and personality that could make literally anyone and everyone love him. His smile and his hug could make any sad day better. He was only 24 when he was taken from us, and he had so many big hopes and dreams for his life. I have never in my life met anyone quite like Cory, and I know I never will. He was one of a kind, and that is why he was so special to everyone who knew him.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Cory struggled with addiction for about 10 years. He went to multiple programs, detoxes, and even jail quite a few times. Sometimes it would stick for a few days. Sometimes a month. But, unfortunately, his addiction took his life when he was 2 months sober. He wanted a better life. He hated his addiction. He knew he had a problem, and he knew he needed help. Everyday I wish he could have just one more chance. Just one more chance to make his life everything he wanted it to be.


What Made Them Smile?

Cory loved his family. His mom was his world. He was so protective over her. Same with his little sister. He loved playing music with his dad. They had a complicated relationship, but music was the one thing that brought them together, and Cory loved every second of that. Cory loved helping people. He loved making people laugh. He tried to hide it with his tough guy personality, but he had such a big heart and despite his addiction, he would do anything for those he loved.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss his smile. I miss him holding me and always protecting me. I miss hearing him say "I love you." I miss his laugh, and his goofy sense of humor. The way you couldn't stay mad at him because he always knew exactly what to do or say to make you laugh. I just miss being able to call him and talk for hours. I miss picking him up and going to sit by the water, laying together and talking. I miss talking about our future and listening to his ideas for what he was going to do. I miss listening to him talk to his mom. He really loved her. I just miss my Cory. He was my constant for a long time, and I'm just not sure where to go from here.


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

I love you. You are loved by SO MANY people. You can get through this. I'm sorry for not coming to see you, but I thought I was doing what was best. But I thought I had forever to come see you again. But if I had to sum up what I'd say to him in ONE sentence if I had the chance, it would be- "I told you you were my always and forever, so I'll always love you, until the day we meet again."

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Heroin Memorial - 2016/02/07 - Mike Zarella - Age 29 yrs - Kyiv, Massachusetts

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2016/02/07 - Mike Zarella - Age 29 yrs - Kyiv, Massachusetts

Submitted by: Jocelyn Newman - Friend

Name: Mike Zarella
State:  Massachusetts, 02735

Date of Passing: 02/07/2016
Date of Birth: 02/08/1986
Age: 29 

Tell Us About Them:

Caring, sweet, selfless, handsome.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

He relapsed after 3 years of being sober


What Made Them Smile?

His son Miloh


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 would tell him how much he means to me, and how amazing he was as a person .

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/09/01 - Alexandra Wilkins - Age 25 yrs - Averill Park, New York

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2015/09/01 - Alexandra Wilkins - Age 25 yrs - Averill Park, New York

Submitted by: Debra Wilkins - Parent

Name: Alexandra Wilkins
State:  New York, 12018

Date of Passing: 9/1/2015
Date of Birth: 8/9/1990
Age: 25 

Tell Us About Them:

Alex was a very talented girl. She was a talented artist and could play guitar and had a beautiful voice. She had graduated with a BA from SUNY Oneonta. She majored in music industry. Alex had a quick wit and a great sense of humor.
Alex is missed by many. I'll never get used to her being gone. I miss her so much.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Alex suffered from anxiety and depression and had started taking Xanax which her doctor prescribed in higher and higher doses. She was on them for over 4 years. She changed doctors and they were trying to wean her off of them. She told me that that was when she started using heroin because it made her feel better. She told us she was addicted to heroin 2 weeks before she died. We got her into detox and she seemed good when she got out. We knew nothing about addiction and didn't know how hard it is to get away from. She gave me a hard time about asking her if she what she was doing so I gave her space which was a big mistake. She walked out of detox with nothing except a referral to outpatient care. She got an appointment for 5 days later. When she went they wanted the name of her psychiatrist and she wouldn't give it because she would loose her Xanax which she said she couldn't live without


What Made Them Smile?

Alex loved animals. Especially cats. She would have been a crazy cat lady someday. She loved music and going to concerts. She loved hanging out with her friends.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss her coming home and coming through the door and saying 'hey'. I miss her sense of humor and talking to her.


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

I would tell her how talented she was and how much I loved her.

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Heroin Memorial - 2016/02/02 - AJ Hall - Age 27 yrs - Dearborn, Michigan

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2016/02/02 - AJ Hall - Age 27 yrs - Dearborn, Michigan

Submitted by: Shannon Hall - Sibling

Name: AJ Hall
State:  Michigan, 48124

Date of Passing: 02/02/2016
Date of Birth: 09/15/1988
Age: 27 

Tell Us About Them:

A.J. was my big brother. He was such a bright, happy, strong man. He always tried to make you smile when you were down. He was an All-Area Wrestling Champ, and Regional Qualifier. A.J. always was a fighter. He was my hero.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

A.J.'s addiction started with pills, hanging out with all the wrong people that got him face to face with heroin. I would say he experimented with drugs for 10 years total, but depended on heroin for 5 years. A.J. was in and out of rehab 3 times and one 3 month stint in jail. Nothing seemed to stick. Finally, November 2015, after landing himself in the hospital, A.J. moved in with our father and found God again. He was baptized, and all felt right with the world. Then February 2, 2016, we got the phone call.... That dreadful phone call no one ever wants to receive. Heroin laced with fentanyl, accidental overdose.


What Made Them Smile?

His daughter, Leigh Marie. and his Girlfriend, Alyssa.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss his smile, laugh, and hugs.


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

I love you, so much.

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/07/06 - Brian Beck - Age 29 yrs - Lincoln, Illinois

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2015/07/06 - Brian Beck - Age 29 yrs - Lincoln, Illinois

Submitted by: Ron Beck - Sibling

Name: Brian Beck
State:  Illinois, 62656

Date of Passing: 07/06/2015
Date of Birth: 02/22/1986
Age: 29 

Tell Us About Them:

Fun loving artist


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Couldn't get away from the dragon


What Made Them Smile?

His family and friends


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

His laugh and smile


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

I love and miss you

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Heroin Memorial - 2016/02/03 - Aaron Weisbrodt - Age 35 yrs - Brighton, Michigan

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2016/02/03 - Aaron Weisbrodt - Age 35 yrs - Brighton, Michigan

Submitted by: Stacey Daniels - Spouse

Name: Aaron Weisbrodt
State:  Michigan, 48116

Date of Passing: 02-03-2016
Date of Birth: 08-02-1980
Age: 35 

Tell Us About Them:

Aaron was an amazing man, that loved fishing, the outdoors and life.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Aaron struggled through most of his lofe, with some addiction or another.


What Made Them Smile?

Fishing, life


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

Every single thing, his laugh, his smile, 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 - 2015/09/03 - Debra Richardson - Age 56 yrs - Fall River, Massachusetts

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2015/09/03 - Debra Richardson - Age 56 yrs - Fall River, Massachusetts

Submitted by: Kristen Richardson - Other Family

Name: Debra Richardson
State:  Massachusetts, 02724

Date of Passing: 9/3/2015
Date of Birth: 8/15/1959
Age: 56 

Tell Us About Them:

She was a single mom forever. Never asked anyone for any help. Even got clean when I was 6 and stayed clean my entire childhood til I turned 19 then she went back to it.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

She had struggled with heroin and alcohol since she was 12! She had a lot of issues in her life that she just couldn't handle. So she used whatever she could to kill the pain.


What Made Them Smile?

Her 3 grandsons and me her daughter and all her cats and dogs lol


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss talking to her about everything and her always being there for us all!


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

I would tell her how much we really do love her!

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Heroin Memorial - 2014/07/16 - Michael Mattson - Age 26 yrs - Wilmington, Delaware

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2014/07/16 - Michael Mattson - Age 26 yrs - Wilmington, Delaware

Submitted by: Paula Mattson - Parent

Name: Michael Mattson
State:  Delaware, 19808

Date of Passing: 7/16/14
Date of Birth: 6/8/88
Age: 26 

Tell Us About Them:

Michael was athletic, kind, funny. He could name any player, on any team, of any sport. He was a great left-handed pitcher. He loved the Dodgers.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Michael tried alcohol and pit when he was 12. At 14 he had a surgery and was given morphine. He said "this makes me feel good." That was the beginning. He spent the next 12 years on a roller coaster of using, rehab, sober living, relapse, rehab...


What Made Them Smile?

His daughter Mia. He called her "my girl." He loved his time with her. She was 3 1/2 when we lost him.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

His laughter and his hugs.


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

I'm sorry. I'm sorry that I didn't know enough about this disease to help him more.

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/02/07 - Jenna Branciaroli - Age 29 yrs - Wellsburg, West Virginia

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2015/02/07 - Jenna Branciaroli - Age 29 yrs - Wellsburg, West Virginia

Submitted by: Debi Branciaroli - Parent

Name: Jenna Branciaroli
State:  West Virginia, 26070

Date of Passing: 02/07/2015
Date of Birth: 08/29/1985
Age: 29 

Tell Us About Them:

She was so smart and funny and kind.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Jenna struggled for year went to long term rehab and did wonderful for about 3 years. She relapsed and returned to a 30 day rehab. Relapsed again 5 weeks after her release and passed.


What Made Them Smile?

Her daughter and family


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

Her beautiful smile


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

I love you so much and miss your laughter and smile

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/12/28 - Joshua Davidson - Age 33 yrs - Laconia, New Hampshire

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2015/12/28 - Joshua Davidson - Age 33 yrs - Laconia, New Hampshire

Submitted by: Pamela Davidson - Parent

Name: Joshua Davidson
State:  New Hampshire, 03246

Date of Passing: 12/28/2015
Date of Birth: 8/17/82
Age: 33 

Tell Us About Them:

Joshua had a huge heart would help anybody before himself he had a great sense of humor


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Joshua struggled with Heroin for 19 years he caught a infection Sepsis from needle use clean or dirty and had seizures and a Major Stroke


What Made Them Smile?

Being with Family


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

His Smile, His Humor & Kindness


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

I had never dealt with addiction in my life. I had no idea how to handle loving someone with an addiction. I'm sorry if I hurt you in any way, which I know I did. If I could do things over with the knowledge that I have now I would. Your Daughter has your bright blue eyes and looks like you a lot and not a day goes by that I don't think about you.

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/10/15 - Jared Justice - Age 26 yrs - Dry Ridge, Kentucky

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2015/10/15 - Jared Justice - Age 26 yrs - Dry Ridge, Kentucky

Submitted by: Rebecca Alsip - Sibling

Name: Jared Justice
State:  Kentucky, 41035

Date of Passing: 10/15/2015
Date of Birth: 07/27/1989
Age: 26 

Tell Us About Them:

Jared was a son, brother, and uncle who would be there for you no matter what. During his active addiction he was a totally different person. He was the most cockiest person I had ever met. He loved learning about trees and had an extensive knowledge about them. He hated school and authority. Loved to be out doors all of the time.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

We have a lot of presumptions but we really don't know when he really started to experiment with drugs. He tried alcohol before he was 21 and got into trouble with that. After the first time of being in trouble with the law it just went down hill from there. He was very good at hiding his addiction. It wasn't until he was caught that we realized the extent of the situation. He had struggled for about 6 years with addiction. In and out of jail, being sober in jail, then getting out and going right back to drugs and hanging around the wrong crowd. We had hoped that a year and a half of jail time would have made him realize that sober was the way to be, but 30 days out of jail he was right back where he left off.


What Made Them Smile?

He loved goofing off and picking on people.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss everything about him. Even though he got on my last nerve I still miss not having him here with us physically. Not being able to grow old with him and knowing it's just me now is what hurts the most.


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

I would tell him that I loved him. We never really expressed out feelings for each other or in our immediate family. We all just sorta knew that we all loved each other in the actions that we took everyday. That we all needed him even if he thought that we didn't. I would express my feelings more openly with him and tell him the honest truth with no filters. Hoping that he would realize his actions was hurting everyone around him.

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Heroin Memorial - 2016/01/20 - Timothy Malone - Age 39 yrs - Granby, Connecticut

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2016/01/20 - Timothy Malone - Age 39 yrs - Granby, Connecticut

Submitted by: Darcy Malone - Spouse

Name: Timothy Malone 
State:  Connecticut, 06035

Date of Passing: 01/20/2016
Date of Birth: 06/11/1976
Age: 39 

Tell Us About Them:

Tim was a wonderful father who cared about his children deeply.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Tim struggled with addiction for most of his life.


What Made Them Smile?

His children made him beam from ear to ear.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss his smile and the love he had for us.


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

We love you Tim. You are at peace now. Please watch over us and wrap us in your love.

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