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Tell us about your loved one.
Bryan went to Dana Hills High School. He was a happy boy. He had a great sense of humor. He cared about others and had a giving spirit. Everyone loved him. Bryan loved life.
Tell us about Bryan's struggle with addiction
In Junior year of high school, Bryan started taking pills he bought from "dirty doctors." We had no idea. His friends were doing it too. Bryan came to us in his senior year of high school begging for our help. At that time he was smoking heroin. He wanted to be healed of his addiction. We were by his side for over two years in and out of rehabs and doctor's offices trying to help him. He just couldn't beat it. We found him on his bedroom floor early in the morning on February 11, 2011. He had overdosed sometime around 4 a.m. that morning. Bryan's autopsy report showed he had alcohol, pot and heroin in his system. He was only 21 years old.
What made Bryan smile?
Bryan loved being with his friends. He loved the beach and the outdoors. He loved nature and all kinds of animals. I'll never forget the smile on his face swimming in Cancun with the sea turtles.
What do you miss most about Bryan?
I miss his hugs. I miss his sense of humor that always made me laugh. I miss the twinkle in his eyes and the dimple on his handsome face when he'd smile.