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In Loving Memory - Matthew Mezza

Updated: Sep 12

January 14, 2011

On January 14, 2011 Matthew Solomon Mezza inexplicably took steps to end his life and passed away the next morning. He was only 14 years old. Matthew enjoyed math, science, creative writing and drawing. He played many sports and two months before his death he made the Santa Monica High Baseball team and was drafted as a pitcher.

He was active at his synagogue Youth Group and on Sundays he volunteered as a teaching assistant at the religious school.

Matthew’s suicide came as a complete shock to his family, friends and teachers. He loved hanging out with his family and he maintained friendships that spanned from preschool and kindergarten all the way to high school. Matthew exhibited all of the most treasured human qualities and was recognized and admired for his kindness, generosity of spirit, eternal optimism and his passion for working to make the world a better place. The Matthew Mezza Memorial Fund was created by his family to support Teen Line’s outreach programs in his memory.

Donations received: $189,067.75

Raised by 805 donors

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