Commack residents have taken to Facebook to express their goodbyes and memories of their former classmate Gabriel Philby-Zetsche.
Gabriel Philby-Zetsche, a 2009 Commack High School graduate, He was 22.
As news has reached Commack residents, many of them have taken to posting on Gabe Philby's Facebook page as an Internet memorial.
Here's a look at what Philby-Zetsche's friends and former classmates had to say about his passing:
"I have to thank you. For more than you can even imagine. A true best friend is everything you've ever gave to me, nothing short. It would be an injustice to you to say you were my best friend, you were much more than that. An absolute inspiration and true friend with endless LOVE shown nonstop with out fail.
You adopted everything and everyone I cared for as if they were your own. Approached everyone with an eager smile and an open heart. No question you brought out the best in me. Physically limited, but emotionally gifted. We have laughed, cried, played, fought and cared for as long as I can remember.
You are an amazing person and I hate to see you leave. Thank you Gabe Philby. Rest in PEACE," wrote Vinny Galiano, also posting a photogallery of Gabe.
"Gabe, I miss you already when I found out the news I was in shock, I was hoping it was all a dream. You will be missed by the Capanzano family very much... I will never forget all our memories together, you were like family to us. Rest in peace Gabe," posted Courtney Capanzano.
"RIP Gabe Philby... I cant believe that your gone, we were just talking about the Olympics about a week ago. i remember like it's yesterday when you, my brother, and i would all play together when we were kids. you'll never be forgotten my friend," wrote Michael Schliemann.
"Rest easy man you allways put smiles on the faces of those around you. I know your still smiling I'm gunna miss it. Love forever bro," posted Sean Albinski.
"Gabe, I just wanted to say thank you for all that you have done for me and the people I love. You are the friend that everyone wished they had because no one was truer than you.
Your love was like a flame that never burnt out, it was infinite. You touched upon so many lives in several ways, the ways no one else could. You always had a glow about you that made everyone happy to see you.
Just like Vin said you were absolutely an inspiration...to everyone! I don't think anyone could ever forget you because you were so genuinely nice to everyone. I will never forget the times we shared, especially the movies and dinner night...and most importantly when you visited me at work gave me the rose and said goodbye.
It wasn't as sad as we thought because we knew we would keep in touch all the time, just like we did. I'm going to miss that. I will miss you. I love you brother, best friend, & everything else we called each other<33333 Rest In Peace Gabe Philby," wrote Stephanie Heyman.
"RIP Gabe, you're a great friend, and I enjoyed talking and getting to know you over the years. It was always great talking about the Yankees with you, and being on the bowling team with you back in tenth grade. You're an amazing person, and you will not be forgotten," posted former classmate Charlie Wojcik.
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