A very happy, outgoing person who had no enemies and knew no strangers, Justin Eshelman loved to share everything he learned with anyone that would listen. His grandmother said “he just has so much to say.” He loved school, his close friends, and really – anyone he came into contact with. He excelled at everything he did, including soccer and theatre. His desire to make people happy fueled him; but, he once talked with a friend about “wearing a mask and putting on a good face”. There was no warning before Justin chose to take his own life. He was moody the weekend before October 8th, 2012…but he was a teenager, so that seemed perfectly normal. He was almost 14 years old.
This portrait received funding to go home to his family. A copy of Justin's portrait continues to travel with Jessica and the Words Matter exhibit.