Iraq Veteran Killed Hours After Hopeful New Year’s Eve Facebook Message

By Epoch Newsroom
Epoch Newsroom
Epoch Newsroom
January 4, 2016 Updated: January 4, 2016

A man who died on New Year’s Eve posted an inspirational bit of writing on Facebook that’s now being shared en masse.

Matthew DeRemer, 31, a Marine veteran who had served in Iraq, was killed by a drunk driver on New Year’s Eve night.

Many are now highlighting the final thing he wrote on Facebook.


Last day of 2015!!!! For me I’ll be meditating through all I do, on this entire year. I’ve lost, I’ve gained, family is…

Posted by Matthew DeRemer on Thursday, December 31, 2015


Many Facebook users focused on one part of the post that he wrote: “I really don’t know where I’ll end up tonight but I do know where I wind up is where I’m meant to be.”

A few hours later, he was struck by the driver while he was riding his motorcycle home.

“To mark the end of 2015, he also shared an image that contained the following inspirational words: We are born in 1 day. We die in 1 day. We can change in 1 day. And we can fall in love in 1 day. Anything can happen in just 1 day.”

The man who was driving the other vehicle, 59-year-old Steven Clarke, is being held on manslaughter charges, reported Fox News.

On Facebook, many were sharing his post, saying they were touched by his optimism and faith.