I met Derek a year ago (beginning of Summer 2019). He was genuinely a caring, humble, creative, enlightening person. He cared for everyone deeply, including his pets and even nature. He embraced and promoted positivity. He was someone that was always genuine to the people he cared for, and everyone else around him. And said everything with the best intent. He had a great love for life and adventure. It’s deeply heartbreaking that, that was stolen from him before he even turned 19. My condolences, to his friends, family, everyone that cared for him.

Rest In piece, my dear friend, Amanda ❤
— Amanda Suarez