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Marine’s New Year message goes viral after he is killed by drunk driver

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Marine veteran Matthew DeRemer was killed by a drunk driver on New Year's Eve.
Marine veteran Matthew DeRemer was killed by a drunk driver on New Year’s Eve.

The final Facebook post of a Marine veteran who was killed by a drunk driver on New Year’s Eve has gone viral after his death.

According to FOX 29, 31-year-old Matthew DeRemer was hit by a drunk driver while he was riding his motorcycle in Largo, Florida.

DeRemer died at the scene of the accident.

59-year-old Steven Lee Clarke was arrested by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Department. He currently faces a felony charge of DUI manslaughter.

Before his untimely death, DeRemer posted a message on his Facebook page expressing excitement and hope for the upcoming year.

DeRemer posted a picture of himself on his Facebook page with a caption that read, “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.”

“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 closer and tougher than ever before, loved ones lost, and new friends found.”

“There has been many times where I’ve been found on my knees in prayer for hours (relentless) and other times leading a group of people in prayer, my faith (that I love to share) is an everyday awakening (to me) that people, lives, and circumstances can change for the better OVER TIME.”

“I look back at 2015’s huge challenges that I’ve overcome, shared with others, and have once again found myself… To say thank you and BRING ON 2016, much work to be done!”

After his death, DeRemer’s friends started sharing his Facebook post, which now has more than 1,000 shares.

On Sunday, DeRemer’s friends and loved ones gathered to remember him.

“He touched a lot of people’s lives,” DeRemer’s friend Wayne Gutierrez said. “Sometimes those are the ones that get chosen first.”

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

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