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Matthew was a very loved child.
He was an 18-year-old American boy
When he was born he was just the
he was very happy all the time.
He was such a free spirit. He was so happy
all the time and he had a smile to die for.
I remember Matt's smile,
boy, I'll tell ya somethin'.
He was a charmer, yeah, those eyes of his
could probably get him in a lot of trouble.
He was always involved, you know.
We used to play basketball, paintball.
He was always a scrapper.
you picked on him, he'd pick on you back.
Someone to always talk to, personal
He was a great person, lots of fun.
I miss him.
I miss him every day of my life.
We called him Matthew,
we called him Matt.
Matty, you know, but he was my Matt.
the kids and wrestle with the boys.
And he and Annie were very, very close
because they were the closest in age.
Those two, they were
like two peas in a pod.
But, unfortunately, apparently he was having
and waking up and starting
to have like panic attacks.
That's when I said to him, "You
the family. Would you want to do that?"
So, I made an appointment with him.
So we go in there and she sits down
with us and after no more than 15 minutes
So I said, "What about,
what about side effects?"
I said, "You know, what should we
expect from something like this?"
And she says, "Well, you know,
they're very well tolerated."
And she said, "You know, you either
could have like headache or nausea"
"or maybe some insomnia."
So we went home with our
sample pack of Lexapro and
at that point he
stopped wanting to talk.
Well, a lot was happening at this time,
also, and he was graduating from high school.
Of course, the big plan, the kids
He didn't want to go. He
wanted to go visit his brother.
And off he went.
The day that he was supposed to be
coming home it was around one o'clock,
I hadn't heard from him yet. He was
supposed to call me when he finally left.
off work, I called and he didn't answer.
called me back and he said,
he might have said he was
almost to North Carolina.
It was about 11:
30 and I called. He
said, "I'm fine, I just passed Roanoke."
I woke up at around 2:30, kind
and realized he should
have been home an hour ago.
So I called the cellphone.
It went straight to voicemail.
I kept calling and calling. I'm like,
"Matthew, answer the friggin' phone!"
I was like so upset. I fell asleep, woke up
again, it was about six o'clock in the morning.
for work, went to work.
and told my boss I have to go home.
Get in the door, phone's ringing...
...and there's this man on
the other end and he said,
"I'm looking for the
family of Matthew Steubing."
I said, "This is his
mother, who's this?"
And he said, "I'm calling
about the jumping."
Our world blew apart.
We couldn't imagine
that this had happened.
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