A man's last message on Facebook has been shared thousands of times after he was killed in a car accident on New Year's Day.
On New Year's Eve, Iraq War veteran Matthew DeRemer posted a photo with a message reflecting on the past year and looking forward to 2016.
The post reads:
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 works to be done! And I really don't know where I'll end up tonight but I do know where I windup is where I'm meant to be
DeRemer also commented on his status, writing:
My goal this year, while battling all obstacles, is to redefine my life by living as selfless as possible. Life "it isn't about me or my wants, its about all the people who need love in their lives that been lost over time." Lol this morning has been the most uplifting morning in a long time!
DeRemer, 31, was driving his motorcycle in Largo, Florida when he was hit and killed. Steven Lee Clarke, 59, was arrested at the scene and is being held on driving under the influence and manslaughter charges.
The post has reached more than 27,000 likes and has almost 10,000 shares.
DeRemer’s friend Wayne Gutierrez told the American news station WTSP:
Sometimes those are the ones that get chosen first.