Memorial

Memorial

Jose Perez

Jose Perez

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Died

We all loved him so much for countless different reasons. The biggest thing we miss about our brother, our son, our best friend, is his almost magical ability to turn any day around. His glowing positivity and optimism, paired with his generosity and unconditional love would all come together to lift up your spirits and put you back on track.

Tell us about your loved one.

Jose was always the life of the party. Everyone knew him and wanted to be around his silly, sparkling energy. Jokes, animals, baseball, politics, religions, world history, love, dreams, and the possibility and potential of the future were all topics constantly discussed by our exceptionally intelligent friend. His favorite thing on the planet, aside from his friends and corny jokes, was music. Jose was a key player in the Indianapolis music event company IndyMojo, he managed their street team and constantly brought new faces into the group by spreading his love and enthusiasm for electronic music everywhere he went. He grew up in Shererville, Indiana with two beautiful sisters, a brother, and wonderful parents that love him deeply. He was brilliant, compassionate, romantic, hilarious, hard working, optimistic, and the best friend that some of us have ever had. He is still loved and will be missed every single day by his family and friends.

Tell us about Jose's struggle with addiction

Jose began using when he first went away to college. After a few terrible accidents and spending some time in rehab, he decided to move to Indianapolis to start fresh. Music was his escape. But as one might imagine, shows and nightclubs in the city are painted with temptation of all colors. Many people drink at concerts and events, and Jose was always involved in the party in some shape or form, but he was always smart, safe, and responsible. He constantly told his friends how proud he was of the fact that he had been clean for so long, and we were proud and grateful as well. He loved unconditionally and whole-heartedly all of his days, and he spread his love and gave his heart so openly, that he did not keep any for himself. Jose’s heart was breaking, but he never let it show. One day the pain became too heavy for him to carry alone, and he relapsed one fateful night and ended his life.

What made Jose smile?

Jose was a clown! He always had the best jokes, the silliest snapchats, and gave the best hugs. He was always smiling. Talking about Bernie Sanders and our future with his friends Spencer and Jeremy made Jose smile. Busting out laughing with Charlotte, Maggie and Samantha made Jose smile. Knowing about all of the shows before they were announced and talking about IndyMojo with Matt and Jason made Jose smile. Camping with Justin and Nancy, goofing off with Lindsay, VIP parties with Megz and Marcee, car rides with Bianca, bingo nights with Jared, wrestling with Dylan, pirate shenanigans with Tim, raging with Heather, and twerking and booty-shaking with the thousands more unlisted made Jose smile! Not to mention, sharing music, cracking jokes, festivals, patriotic prints, Bassnectar, flavored vodka, panda hats, and waving that big beautiful Indiana flag. All of things and events made Jose smile, and from now on, all of these things will remind us of Jose and we will smile too.

What do you miss most about Jose?

We all loved him so much for countless different reasons. The biggest thing we miss about our brother, our son, our best friend, is his almost magical ability to turn any day around. His glowing positivity and optimism, paired with his generosity and unconditional love would all come together to lift up your spirits and put you back on track. Whether you were sad and needed cheering up, or whether he sent you a text just to say he loved you, Jose was always spreading love and light where it was needed. He could make a problem seem like nothing worth worrying over, or he could make you laugh until you cried. He did everything in his power to make sure everyone around him was happy. He was a rock for so many of us; he was always there when we needed him. Jose’s golden heart and wild soul will be forever loved and missed by his family and friends everywhere.

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