In Memory of Jake

​I lost my son, Jacob Lance Gamino, almost 2 years ago due to fentanyl laced cocaine mixed with other drugs as well. Jake leaves behind 2 young son’s, myself, 2 sisters and a brother. I struggle everyday with the void in my heart and how and what I am going to tell his boys as they grow older about the night that my Jake was found dead. My son had his own demons that he battled and struggled with, however my son’s choice to get high was not with the intent to die. 

My son did not choose to die or do this on purpose. The drug dealers that hand delivered the drugs that took my son’s life were not arrested, charged or questioned.  There was not a street named after my son, or a park, or a bill passed with his name.  Jake loved music, rap & made us laugh so much with his obscene behavior. He cussed like no other and had his own problems with anger but he was quick to apologize & forgave just as quickly. 

Jake lost his battle to addiction on April 13, 2017, the day before Good Friday. Easter is never the same in our family now. 

If you have a loved one battling addiction, tough love is not the approach. Grown kids need their parents just as much as young kids do, just not in the same way. I thought that he would figure it out on his own or that nothing bad would happen, I was wrong. 
I miss my son, I now visit his grave & beg for dreams where he visits me just to get a glimpse of him again.

by Cassie, Jake’s Mom

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