Jason Thomas Gonzalez
January 8, 1969 - November 1, 2016
A photo of my biological father who's now buried on Hart Island.
In July 2020, after escaping my abuser, I tried to find my biological father again after first meeting my dad in 2012. I've already known of Bobby's story and have been a fan since 2007. I'm still shocked that my dad's life ended very similarly to the way Bobby's life did.
I learned that he is now buried on Hart Island because no one knew he was dead, so no one claimed his body. He died homeless, squatting, in an abandoned building that caught fire from illegal drug use activity.
Both of my parents were drug addicts. Due to their addictions, I never knew either parent for most of my childhood. Instead, I was raised by two grandparents who've given me immense love in my life.
Due to the love and support of my family and friends, I am doing my best to move forward with such traumatic experiences that have plagued me most of my life. Moving away from my abusive environment and attending weekly counseling sessions has helped me heal, live in the present, and have new beginnings in life.