Friends and family of a 2009 Commack graduate allegedly murdered in upstate New York in late July have created a permanent online memorial.
A Facebook page titled "In loving memory of Gabe Philby" was created Aug. 19 as a dedicated online memorial to Gabriel Philby-Zetsche, who was found dead in an upstate apartment he shared with his mother on July 30.
The brief description of the Facebook page reads, "A dedication page set up for an exceptional young man who left this earth too soon, but will remain in our hearts forever."
This Facebook page was created after hundreds of friends and family members flooded Gabe Philby's personal Facebook page with reactions of shock to his alleged murder, their final goodbyes and memories of the 2009 Commack High School graduate who had .
Philby-Zetsche . He was 22.
Authorities said they believe Philby-Zetsche's mother, Tracy Zetsche allegedly murdered her son in the bedroom, stabbing him in the head and chest with three different knives, before striking his skull with a hammer more than 20 times, according to Times Union.
His mother has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder.
The Facebook memorial page briefly addresses Philby-Zetsche's death.
"What should be remembered about Gabe is not the tragic way he died, but what a kind, caring, loving young man he was and how he touched each one of us. Gabe always was and always will be loved, " writes the page's founder, whose name is not listed.
Friends, family and loved ones of the Commack native are encouraged to continue to share their memories and photos of him on the new dedication page.
Early posts make reference that a fundraiser is being planned for mid-September for all those who wish to honor Philby-Zetsche's life by raising funds for a worthy cause. Specific details are promised at a later date.