On July 18th 2007, Jesse Kelleher was taken from this world and carried to heaven in the arms of an angel. Jesse was my boyfriend's younger brother and I knew him for four years before he passed away from a heroin overdose. He was my friend and had become a brother to me. He was energetic, handsome, athletic, and had a smile that could warm over anyone. It was impossible to stay mad at him. He loved life. We love him and miss him more and more every day. Jesse was born in Alaska and is the second of three children. Jesse, his parents, and his older brother Josh moved to Agawam, Massachusetts when Jesse was a toddler. Jesse's parents grew up in the area and wanted to return home after his father finished his tour in the military. A younger sister, Samantha, was to follow soon after. Jesse comes from a huge, loving family whom all live in surrounding towns and spend most of their free time together. Jesse loved sports. He especially loved the Boston Red Sox, fishing, going to concerts with his brother Josh and his cousin Jonathan, playing golf with his father, and spending time with his American bull dog Jack. Jesse, Josh and Jonathan were inseperable. Jesse's family was very important to him. He had told me how much he loved them many times and how he didn't mean to hurt them, especially his mom and dad. Jesse started using opiates in high school and it progressed from there. It became apparent that using heroin was very common among people his age. He had several lengths of clean time where he didn't use drugs. He shared with me just how scared he was of the hold this drug had on him. Jesse had so many people who cared about him. His parents struggled and worried every minute of every day for him. I watched his brother and his cousin cry not knowing what to do. They both told me they would never give up on him. Jesse overdosed alone in a friend's car. He was at lunch from work. We are all still uncertain of the events that took place that day. He was 24 years old. The grief that his family suffers is unexplainable. His parents, his brother, and his little sister are going through something that most people do not understand. His memories are not enough. They want their son and brother back. I see the pain in my boyfriend's eyes that breaks my heart, and there is nothing that can heal it. Jesse was taken away from us far too soon. It is amazing how many people's lives have been affected from Jesse's death. So many people miss him, so many love him. If you are reading this and you are in the grasp of addiction or ever consider trying opiates, Jesse would tell you it is not worth it. He would tell you to run from it. He would tell you, you are not just hurting yourself, you are hurting everyone who loves and cares about you. Jesse is our angel now. I only hope that in his memory someone who reads this will change their mind about trying or using drugs.
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