Daniel L. Bender, age 19

Lost to gun violence on December 9, 2018 in Anchorage, Alaska.

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  • Nickname:
    6 sonboy
    10 Peanut
    3 Green Giant
    2 Gnome
    2 RaggaBrother
    8 Blakka
    1 D-Rage
    4 My Sunson
  • Number of children:
    1 none
  • Personality:
    7 confident. funny. huge heart. loved his family.
    5 Sweetheart, great friend
    2 freestyles and freshbeats since birth😎❤
    3 One of the best people who ever lived 💙
    2 funny, kind, cared, and supported.
    2 Talented Amazing story teller
    3 Amazing man and best brother ever
    3 Gentle son, listener, thinker, sweetheart
    3 Jokester with a gentle ❤️
    4 Sweetest heart
  • Occupation:
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  • Schools attended:
    3 Bartett High School
    3 Begich Middle School
  • Comments:
    10 Daniel was the sweetest child I knew. He had a heart of gold. We will love him forever!
    6 he was my grandson.Smart,handsome and funny. I will never forget you Danielito
    8 My precious little peanut... Fly high sonboy we love you so much.
    10 best brother anyone could ask for
    4 I had always thought of Daniel as my son/grandson.
    5 Our family mourns the loss of our nephew.
    6 Daniel was my nephewand will be sorely missed by all his family
    4 Love you nephew...you are always in our hearts
    4 Fly high Daniel!!!!
    4 Always in my heart nephew. Uncle JD loves you
    3 My bestest friend, I'll love you forever. Fly high B❤️
    4 We will always miss you our sweet loving nephew!
    3 we love and miss you love auntie kimmi uncle alex, alexis hayleigh sawyer
    6 Such a bright soul that was way too young. May you rest in peace💙
    6 Rest Easy Mi amor, The strongest man i know❤️💍
    4 💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕
    5 My sweet Daniel Lee Bender Jr. my second born and my son sun
    8 i love you ❤️🌹
    5 loving you always my sweet Daniel
    3 Best son a mother could raise
    5 i didn't realize how much i needed you till you were gone i need you we all need you
    4 What a beautiful face and soul. Mommy misses her Peanut
    5 Your death brought the truth of people to light.
    4 How easily people move on while I am just missing my son, my best friend ever
    3 My memories of you are what keep me going for your siblings
    3 Love you Bro <3 JJ
    6 love ya kid❤️
    4 I miss hearing you say that is "Madre" ❤
    5 102 days later I still have not seen a single policeman to notify us in person
    4 You made it to 420 candles today brother boy i love and miss you ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
    4 The 5 of us miss you sonboy
    3 I will be spreading your ashes atop your sister and great grandmother 💗
    10 U gave me advice when needed Rest In Peace big bro🅱️🤘🏾
    7 We spread your ashes and suddenly an eagle appeared. We see you flying high sonboy we love you
    5 I will always be proud of the man who died whom I raised <3
    3 Life has forever changed without you in my world 😪 I love you sunson
    3 I haven't forgotten about you King Damu
    3 6 months of missing you so much baby boy
    5 Madre loves you so much baby boy🐺
    4 Still loving and missing your sweet face, Daniel.
    3 I think about your laughing face every day
    5 Say Happy Birthday to Ieshia💕
    4 I miss you and each birthday will not be the same.
    2 Made it to 1005
    4 Love you so much Baby Boy. Madre misses you💔
    4 I still feel like it was just yesterday and I miss you son
    3 I miss and love you so much.-lee lee💗
    4 You are so loved Nephew 🤗🤗
    4 Happy Heavenly Birthday, Sunson! Madre misses you💓
    3 I miss you so much! I hope you're livin up 😍💙
    4 Still making an impact on people. You are forever loved
    3 Just lit your 1300 candle....Nana
    5 Your auntie Tifferney will always light a candle for you!
    3 We are proud to announce that we have ash tattoos now for you
    3 Can't believe that it is almost a year💩
    4 Daniel I miss you so much my heart is still hurting ❤
    4 Not a day goes by that I don't miss you SonSun
    3 11months and 2weeks and I still look for you in the crowd😪
    5 Thanks for letting me love you for 19 years💜
    5 You always gave good advice when needed, I miss you bro❤️💕
    4 One year ago today you said your last I love you Madre
    4 Gone but never forgotten
    6 miss you everyday love❤️
    3 One year...💔 worst year ever.
    4 beautiful boy wonderful son!
    5 I love you Daniel. My best friend my brother and my rider. we always gonn hold you down B
    3 Still can’t believe it man, rest easy bro . J
    3 You are forever loved, Daniel
    3 no matter what was going on he always had a smile on his face ❤️
    3 Rest eazy Brother. still talk to you everyday.
    3 miss you kiddo. hope you finally found peace.
    4 Loving you always my Peanut 💕
    3 The hurt will never disappear from within my heart 💔 I miss you D😍
    5 My second born and my second buried💔
    2 Missing you so much Daniel Lee💔
    3 Daniel, you are missed so much baby boy💔 I think of you often and love you always 💜Mom
    2 Just remembering you today!
    4 Every day I think of you 😘 This Madre misses her SunSon
    2 My first baby boy 💙❤️ Momma misses her Peanut ❤️💙
    3 Can't believe it's my second Love Day without my love 💕
    3 People may have forgotten about you but I never will 😔💕Mama
    2 I miss you bubba 💗
    2 I long for one more hug, one more smile and one last I love you 💔
    2 Daniel Lee Bender Jr. you were my best friend
    3 Can't believe you are at 1900 candles. 19years of 💯💕
    4 2nd 420 without you.... Not nearly as lit
    3 Days go by and I still look for you, hopeful that you are coming home
    3 I miss you more than anything❤ I love you so much.
    4 You are missed so much baby boy 💓 We love you always ❤️
    3 2000 candles....missing you so much.Still can't believe you are gone.💔💔
    3 It has been 1yr 4months and 4weeks... Still no cops to come by.💔
    4 2nd Mother's Day without you💔
    4 Baby brother graduated today💕😭
    4 ❤memories of you Daniel lee. I miss you bub
    3 Daniel, you are so deeply missed and loved ❤️ I think about you all day everyday
    3 2100...NaNa💔💋
    4 I think about you every day...love you 💕
    2 I will always love you my bestest friend
    3 I could really use your advice right now Sunson
    3 Missing you 😘 Love you SunSon
    3 Today is tough without you.
    2 1yr7mo3wks and still no fuckin cop notification. Fuck APD
    2 every day I will continue to light your candle son
    3 Showed Uncle JD all your favorite spots
    4 almost at 2300
    3 I miss you so much Sunson 🥰
    2 I miss you 💕
    3 The coolest person ive ever met 🤟🏼❤️
    4 Four days until you'd have been 21
    4 Missing you on your birthday...you would have been 21 💔
    5 Heavy ❤️ today as you'd have turned 21
    1 Mixed emotions today
    3 Seems like people have stopped lighting your candle but I will never stop until I die❤️Mom
    3 I miss you everyday 😭💔 but I remember you in the best ways.
    3 I love you so much SunSon 🥰
    4 I get to keep you with me always, I love you Nephew 💕
    4 Fly with PopPop
    3 give pop pop a hug for me when you see him❤❤❤love you
    3 Tomorrow will mark two years without you sunson 😪
    5 cant believe its been two whole yrs without you big bro we miss you❤️❤️
    3 It's been 2yrs now since you left us💔. I miss you so much 😭
    3 2 years... :( i miss you bub ❤I love you so much
    3 I miss you 🥺 and I love you so much baby boy ❤️
    3 Merry Christmas ❤ I love you
    4 i love you always and forever sweet nephew of mine
    2 I need a airplane Daniel hug :( I miss you❤I love you
    2 You were the coolest friend fly high. J
    2 I will always light a candle
    3 Time will never get easier without you 💕
    2 It's been 788 days since we spoke on the phone about rings and dinner. I love and miss you Sunson 💞
    3 Its my last day being 16:) I wish I could spend my birthday with you❤ I love and miss you :)
    3 Third love day with out my love 💕
    3 Every day I struggle with losing you 💘
    6 I can really use your advice rn I miss you big bro❤️❤️
    4 I love you so much Daniel 💖
    2 Always on my mind 😌
    6 “Every day every time I pray I’ll be missin you” I miss you big bro❤️🥺
    2 2900,❤Nana....miss you so much
    3 I carry you with me everyday baby boy 💕
    3 Every day I miss you so much Sunson 😞
    4 3000🕯🥺 I miss you so much big bro❤️
    3 Every single day I wish I could see you 😞
    3 Daniel Lee Jr, I love you forever😍 Madre
    3 2yrs6mo1wk1day since you took your last breath 😪😭
    5 I miss you so much sunson
    3 I miss and love you always💙
    4 My first son 💙 I miss you 😘
    3 Memories bring back you 😪
    6 My first little boy I ever loved 💕
    3 Almost 3 years since you left 💔 😢
    3 Baby sis is now a teenager 😍 We miss you so much Sunson
    3 Another birthday.....missing you😥
    4 happy heavenly 22nd birthday❤
    3 22nd birthday and I am missing you 😢
    3 happy 22nd brother
    3 happy 22nd birthday love, miss you everyday 🤞🏼❤️
    3 Boog is 20 today
    3 Missing you every 😢 single 😢 day 😢 😞
    3 Almost 3yrs and it still hurts 😢
    4 3rd anniversary of my life without you 💔 😢
    3 three years without you
    4 I miss you so much Peanut 🥜
    4 3rd Christmas with out your face or voice 💔
    4 BLAKKAWRLD4EVER💯❤‍🩹
    4 Beebs is 18 now
    4 Still gonna light a candle everyday ❤️
    3 I miss you man, i still remember when you taught me how lift weights my freshman year
    3 Boogs in the military 🪖
    4 I miss you bro everyday 🥺❤️
    3 Miss you Sunson 😔 😢
    2 I will never forget you bro bro I’m always here, J❤️💚
    2 I’ll light a candle everyday, J
    4 Beebs graduated 🎓
    3 I have so much to talk about next time we meet again I miss you so much bro❤️‍🩹
    3 I will never forget you bro , -J
    2 3700....a lot of candles...many more 😢
    4 Still lighting candles for you bro -J
    3 Brother is graduating military today
    4 Mom has cancer and had surgery. All is well
    2 3800 candles....so many millions more tears 😢 NaNa
    4 happy heavenly 23rd my Sunson.
    3 Happy 23 bub i love you so much ❤️
    3 4 years without being able to see you or hug you 💔
    1 I love and miss you so much old friend. ♥️-Hedgehog
    3 4000 🕯️ I miss you so much Bro❤️
    3 Love you so much baby boy. We ❤️ you forever ❤️
    2 I beat cancer and I know that you held my hand ❤️💙
    2 I have terminal cancer and I am going to fight for my life
    3 Madre had been placed on hospice
    1 You, your sister, PopPop and Mom...together for eternity. 💔
    2 Im still lighting candles , -J
    1 4420.....early but I will 420 4 ya 💔

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