I did not know anything or who Mr Darren Manzella until late last night 2240 BST, 29th of June 2014.
I will never know him, but for some reason I would like to share my deepest emotion for learning that he has passed away. RIP Mr Darren Manzella
-Miss Lloyd (London, England)
A hero for humanity, we have lost a great man and soldier.
Darren's husband and other family have lost a great man. Now his tasks are done. May he rest in peace.
God bless Darren during his transition back into the hands of the Lord. He did what he sent here to do and his family and friends were blessed to have him as long as they did. Prayers for you all.
Grieving is the normal process for healing and relying on Almighty God is the normal process for comfort.
May you receive all the comfort and support needed now and into the future. Throw all your heartache, grief and pain upon God who will sustain all. Take care, Isaiah 55: 22.
May your the Manzella family & friends be comforted by GOD"S.at (Isa.61:2). ~Egj~
We'll all miss you terribly. Your bravery and courage in Iraq and as a leader in the human rights movement are an example and inspiration to us all.
you helped make it easier for the rest of us.
Only the good die young. RIP brave soldier.
Sorry to hear the loss of this fine young man, dying so young. GOd must have ha purpose for him up in Heaven. God Bless All of You. Again I am sorry.
We are sorry for your loss. At this time may your family find the peace of. God that excel all thought.
My heartfelt sympathy to each of you who loved him. May he rest in peace in the arms of Our Lord.
The world has lost a good son, and we are thankful for his honesty and integrity. The Universe has gained a good son, and his work will continue to astonish, I am sure.
What a brave man to stand up for what he believed in and not be intimidated by anyone in doing so. He was proud to say who he was and stood up for his country all the while in doing so. I admired his perserverence and tenaciousness in advocating for what he believed in and helping to knock down this wall for those who come to serve after him. Its just a tragic ending that he left the way he did as our world needs more people willing and able to advocate as passionately for their causes as Darren did for his. My deepest sympathies to his husband, family and friends. And thank you Darren for your service to my country. I proudly honorably discharge you with much appreciation for your time & service. God Bless. Connie S. Koch, Oregon, OH
My deepest condolences for the loss of your beloved husband, son, brother, nephew, cousin and friend - and a hero to us all. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
May God bless you and look down upon your husband and family to help them through this sad time. RIP and may your legacy continue
May you rest in peace my fellow soldier, SSG Manzella. Army Strong.... SGT Titus
Bravery wears many faces.Condolonces on the loss of your loved one. His spirit will not be forgotten.
Heartbreaking- RIP. To The Manzella family, I'm so sorry for your loss.
My Deepest Sympathies to Darren's Husband, family and loved ones.
We are sorry for your loss. At this time may your family find the peace of. God that excels all thought.
what a good man he was a minority that fought the majority and he was right in doing so, thanks for your bravery and courage.
My condolences to the Manzella family. May the God who gives peace be with all of YOU.
The family of Mr. Manzella has my deepest sympathy for their loss. The Scriptures teach us that " God is not partial, the man that fears him and works righteousness is acceptable to him. Acts 10:34 and 35. May Mr. Manzella sleep in peace.
Mike, Words cold never begin to tell you how very sorry I am for your loss. Your son was a hero to many. May you find comfort in knowing that friends, whether near or far, recent or past, are praying for you, Nancy and the entire family. May he rest in God's Peace. Annie (Jaglowski) Frew
Strength for his family, P>M> Danville, Va.
RIP, my brother in arms, you were a brave man.
I wish Darren's memory will live on and it is sad how he died but i a glad he lived his life fully
Darren, Thank you so much for your service to this Country. Your bravery in the war theater was only upstaged by your bravery to stand and hold true to yourself. Your life was short, your legacy huge.
Iam sorry for your loss.We have losted another American Hero and a Great Man who worked for Our Human Rights. Rest in Peace Darren.
Sorry for your loss. May GOD Bless you all at this time.
HooRah Darren. May God be holding you in the palm of his hands. "Peace be with you" Javier.
So sorry to read about this tragedy. May God remember him personally. (Malachi3:16)
As a Vietnam combat veteran, I know in my heart that you are and always will be one of the best. My deepest sympathies to your friends and family.
My condolences to Darren's family. May you be comforted by God's promise to wipe away tears, mourning and even death.
Dearest Darren, you will be missed by so many people. Never forgotten my Friend.
You will always be America's hero.
I am so sorry for your loss. Please find peace and comfort in knowing God cares for you and will help you in your time of need. 1 Pet. 5:7
I am so sorry to hear of your passing. My thoughts & prayers are with your family & friends at this sad & difficult time. RIP Darren. God Bless.
An American Hero who worked for Human Rights
Sad to read about this tragedy. A strong voice he had to help others. A brave soul in heaven now. Sympathies to his family.
So sorry to read this, condolence's to your husband, family and friends. May you forever rest in peace. Thanks for everything you did in your life.
"God wants to help you out of your troubles (grief)." (Job 36:16) Holy Bible (Easy-to-Read Version)
Sorry for your loss.
So sorry to hear of his death. He was a real nice guy with a gentle soul. rest in peach.
My condolence to family and friends
My deepest sympathy to Darren's husband and the rest of his family. A senseless loss. Peace be with you.
My deepest condolences to Mr Manzella family,may God give you the strength that is needed at this difficult time. Psalms 37:29
Horrible!My deepest prayers and wishes to his partner and his family.Very sorry.Terrible.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
We are truly sorry for your loss, what a GREAT man who will never be forgotten....
We have the promise of God's Kingdom (Daniel 2:44) very soon where everyone will be perfect.
Rest in peace you amazing, beautiful wonderful man (solider). Thank you for your many sacrifices and for being true to who you are. You have given so many others the courage to do so now. God Bless
May the God of all comfort be with family and friends of Darren Manzella at this time.
Darren will go down in history as an American Hero.
Thank you for all you have done for human rights. My heart is with Darren's husband and family.
My deepest sympathy for this wonderful man. This world needs more honest non-assuming souls like his. My thoughts and prayers are with him, remembering the good changes he made in and for people's lives. God Bless him.
Gone too soon...deepest condolences to all of his family~
Always sincere, kind, and funny. Darren will be missed. Javier and family, my most heartfelt condolences.
Although we did not Darren that well, we certainly know how proud his whole family is of him and what a wonderful
person he was.
Nancy and Mike please know that our thoughts and prayers go out to you and
your whole family.
Javier, We are both so sorry for your loss. Darren was one special person that has helped change so many peoples lives. You will be in our prayers.
My sincere condolence to the Manzella family and friends. The death of a love one can rob your joy. May God's word give you comfort at this most difficult time.
deepest sympathy in your loss. such a sadness
God bless you, now you are free. God bless your partner and all other family members. God loves you.
My heart goes out to your partner & family. His courageous action has benifted the advancement & understanding of the entire gay community in general. The battle is noit won, but without Darren it wouldn't be one step closser. I am a straight woman with MANY long time loving gay frienbds. Isn't it ironic that his passing was caused by his, once again, doing the right thing.
So sad...My condolences to his family
Rest in peace ~ God bless you.
Thank you, for everything. Thank you for helping GLBT service members NOT have to hide, thank you for your selfless actions. My prayers to your family and your husband.
I am deeply saddened by the loss of such a devoted caring man who did so much good... He will always be remembered by those of us who admired what he stood for. May his family find peace in knowing that he touched so many people in such a short time.
To the family of Darren: May your memories of him bring you peace. And I wish to Thank him for his service to the Country. Rest Safe in the arms of Jesus, Darren.
God love you, Darren, and your partner too. Bless you both.
My heart is broken for your family.Darren you were such a hero. your family must be verry proud to have had you for a son.
A mother from Mass. .
My deepest sympathy to his family and partner; he lived a lot in his short life.
Rest in peace you beautiful soul
To Darren's husband and other family members: What a sad, untimely loss. Be comforted knowing that he changed his nation's and its military's conscience forever, in a most wonderful way. We will be inspired by his courage and persistence forever. Thank you for sharing him with us.
My condolences to the Manzella family. May you find comfort from God's word recorded at Ecclesiastes 9:5, 10 regarding the loss of your loved one.
Thoughts and prayers with Javier and your family. May they all find peace.
Lori Tatum, NC
"To thy own self be true." This young man stood up and did just that. My heart goes out to his family and friends.
Folks, your son is a hero. My thanks to you for raising him to be just that! I'm so sorry for your loss. Patrick Kelly Former USN
My heart goes out to Darren's friends and family. I cheered with Darren at WVU. Although I haven't seen him in a long time, I will never forget the fond memories I shared with him. He was a wonderful person!
Sympathy to the family and friends who loved him. We need more people who speak up for the rights of others.
We are ALL better off for Darren's having been on this earth. ..."and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest."
Thank you for your service! Thank you for help turn my service into to something valuable! God Bless you my gay brother! My all gay service member, especially those who served in silence, receive a rainbow flag along side there USA flag!
My deepest sympathy to Darren's family. I worked with Darren and he will be missed. I'm glad to have known him.
Dearest Mike and Nancy; I am so sorry for your loss. I know Darren was a good man if only because you two are his parents. It sounds like he followed in your footsteps Mike and that is love and respect. Nancy, its sounds like he had your gentleness and peace. Where ever we go that is good, he is there with Lee and Sandy. Be well my friends and know your sorrow is shared.
My deepest sympathy for you all. I live here in the Rochester area and heard of this tragedy. May sweet and special memories comfort you at this time.
So sorry for your loss. What a true American hero and a spokesperson for fairness. The world needs more people like him. He was a true gentleman and he had so much grace and integrity. The world is sadder today
Sorry for the loss of a great person. He fought for his rights and other people rights. May God has him in his glory.
Sincerest sympathy at the loss of this brave and great man!
My most sincere prayers are with Darren's family-I admire how strong he was, and how much he helped a very disrespected sector of people.His fearless service as a soldier, and a co-habitant on this planet are greatly admired. RIP Darren, and thank you.
Our prayers are with your family. May God be with you at this sad time. Darren has his wings and will forever watch over you.
I am so very sorry for your loss. What a brave man -- my heart goes out to all your loved ones!
Really sad! Such a tragedy, the good die young! Condolences to his family and his partner.
We are so very sorry, and send our sympathy and prayers to the family and friends of Darren. May you be comforted by many wonderful memories. Rest in peace, Darren.
Dearest Javier: I am deeply sorry for your loss of your beautiful soldier. You were very lucky, to have such a brave person as Darren in your life! I am very sad to hear of his passing and sad that I never had the pleasure of never knowing the love of your life! I think the world is a better place because Darren, stood up for what he believed in! Rest in Peace Beautiful Darren!
You are in my thoughts and prayers. I asm a gay Army veteran
Why? Because he loves you. Anyone who lives in love, lives in God and God in him. Jesus now kisses you in welcome. The Holy Spirit of Love breathes on you and your husband.
The world lost a little light today. What a wonderful human being and a man that young gay adults can look up to and try to emulate. Jesus met him at the gates of heaven. ??
To thine ownself be true. You were a shining example of integrity. Others will live a more authentic life because of your courage. Heartfelt sympathy to your family and friends.
So terribly sad. My sympathies to his husband and family. He was a courageous man but gone way too soon. He had an impact on the world.
The world has truly lost another Brave soldier. May God help his husband and family find their way through this horrible loss.
We are sorry for the lost RIP and blessings to your partner
You are an inspiration and may God keep you in His Hands and in His Grace forever
Do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not there, I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the softly falling snow. I am the gentle showers of rain, I am the fields of ripening grain. I am in the morning hush, I am in the graceful rush of beautiful birds circling in flight. I am in the starshine of the night. I am in the flowers that bloom. I am in a quiet room. I am in the birds that sing, I am in everything. Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there, I do not die.
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Manzella family,Javier, My thoughts and prayers go out to you..May God provide you with peace and comfort in this time of sorrow.
So saddened to hear of the tragic death of this fine and brave young man
So sorry for your loss. Thank you for serving your country. You are too young to be in heaven. God Bless!
You paved the way. Taken far to soon. Rest in peace. Condolences to the family. Baltimore MD
I remember getting all the guys from the old neighborhood so we can all play football in the street. Your mother would holler at us to get out of the road, and we did for about 3-4 minutes. You weren't a QB, but you were one hell of a RB. Rest In Peace friend. Keep the ball ready, I believe sometime in the future.
May the God of all comfort be with you.
I just married my partner last month too. I can only imagine what Darren's spouse is going through. My wife was involved in a car accident too recently but she is still with me. Rest in Peace, Sweet Prince.
God has you now. You've been rewarded for your contribution to man kind. Rest well.
To Darren's Partner, Family and Friends~
You ALL have our Deepest Sympathy. We will remember you all in our prayers.
With deepest sympathy to the Manzella family during your time of grief...God is for you a refuge and strength, A help that is there to be found during difficult times...May God provide you with peace and comfort to endure the days ahead...(Psalm 62:8).
What a tremendous loss to our World. What a truly brave and honorable Man.
Heaven's blessings to his Spouse and to his family. You-- We have lost an amazing American hero. Our world is much poorer without Darren.
My Heart is broken. I have never met this man. I have only heard about him like many others.
My Love and Prayers goes out to his Family. Blessed Be
God Bless You Sweet Soul.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Sir, thank you for your service on all fronts.
Thank you for all you have done. May you RIP for standing up for what you believed in. May god be with your family.
I am honored that I got to meet you and call u my friend. It won't be the same at work. RIP Darren we will miss u!!
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.
Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."
It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.
God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.
When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.
I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.
There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.
If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.
So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.
And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.
Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
I am so sorry.My condolence for your loss. What a brave person and Soldier. Thank you for changing the world for ever.
Dear Manzella Family,
I'm so sorry about the loss of your loved one. (Eccl. 9:11, 12). Always pray to the Hearer of Prayer. - Psalms 65:2; 83:18.
A short but full life for this man. He's in a better place now.
You will be missed Darren, I feel honored to have known you. God speed.
My prayers and love sent to Javier and the rest of Darren's family. Xo
May God now hold you in the palm of his hand. Well done good and faithful servant. You will be missed but never forgotten. Always in our hearts.
I am sorry to learn of this tragic loss. Thank you, Sir, for giving so selflessly so that we may enjoy the freedoms so many of us take for granted. Thank you too for standing proudly for who you are.
May your family find peace knowing you now rest comfortably in the embrace of our Lord.
You are truly and inspiration to us all.
Patriot Guard Riders
My prayers are with you in the loss of your loved one as you mourn.
God bless you; sympathies to your family and supporters.
To a brave and courageous man! We need more people like him. Condolences to his partner.
So sorry! My thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends!
May Grant the Manzella Family and Friend Comfort During This Time of Sorrow. Psalms 68:20
Mission complete...Great job soldier
How tragic and sad. Just newly wed. I'm so sorry for your loss.
I regret never having the chance to meet such a brave, wonderful and courageous man. Darren Manzella is a hero in more ways than one.
My sincere condolences to Manzella's family and his life partner."RIP"
My condolences to his partner and family. My you find comfort in each other during this time. Sorry to hear of your loss.
in God's care rest in peace
Sorry for your loss. He (God) will swallow up death forever and he will wipe the tears from all faces!......This is a promise.
Such a handsome young man, may he R.I.P., God Bless his Partner and Family!
To the Manzella family, I would like to express my condolences for your love one.
His life was a blessing for us all.
My condolences for your loss. May the God of all comfort sustain you during these difficult times.
Thank you for your service to all us.
A brave soldier in every sense of the word. Thank you Darren. My condolences to your partner and families.
Even though I did not know Darren I admire his courage and mourn his death. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and his partner.
thank you for being so honorable and truthful
for changing the world forever
I am very sad for your husband and for the rest of your family
My deepest sympathies to family and friends. May our Father in heaven give you strength during this trying time...
May God bless the family at this difficult time and bring you comfort as you recall the many happy memories that you shared. I look forward to a better life for all of us at a better time. (Matthew 6:10)
I AM SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS.I WOULD LIKE TO THANK HIM FOR HIS SERVICE DEFENDING OUR COUNTRY.BEING GAY NEVER MADE HIM LESS OF A HUMAN BEING OR LESS OF A SOLDIER!!HE WAS A VERY BRAVE YOUNG MAN!!!!!PEACE BE WITH YOU.MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOUR FAMILY. GOD BLESS YOU. YOU WERE A TRUE AMERICAN FOR STANDING UP FOR WHAT IS RIGHT!!!!
To Darren's family and his partner my Thoughts and Prayers are with You All! Darren was such a True Couregous person wish more people in the World could be more like him! Much Love and prayers to All of You!!
To Mr. Manzella's family, my sincere condolences. What a tragic ending to a life lived with grace, dignity, and honesty. Peace be with you.
Sorry for your loss....my deepest sympathy to his family.
A tragic loss! My sincerest condolences to Darren Manzella's family and friends! May Darren R.I.P.
Darren was a trailblazer for the L.G.B.T. community. I am shocked... simply shocked, to hear this news. Darren will be remembered for his work for our community and our country. He will be missed. Javier and family please know thoughts and prayers are with you.
I had the honor and privilege of working with and getting to know Darren during my short time at the Servicemember's Legal Defense Network. He was a sincere, honest, courageous, humble, passionate man who not only honorably served our nation in the Army, but honorably served our nation afterwards by fighting for and helping advance freedom, equality and human rights. His energy and enthusiasm was contagious. He was a beautiful man on all levels. It's sad and tragic he left our world too soon, but he left our world a better place because of his bravery, commitment and actions. I will never forget him. My thoughts go out to him, his family, friends and husband.
To Darren's husband and family,I am so sorry to hear of the terrible accident that took him away.May you rest in Peace with the Lord
A Memorial Page for Darren has been created on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/DarrenManzellaMemorial
I am so sorry this fine young man has died. I remember him from 60 minutes. I have a son who is Gay and I admired the courage that Darren showed with his honesty. He served his country proudly. My deep sympathy to his husband. ......to have just been married in July and this happens. Such unbelievable pain. I can't say I'm sorry enough.
I remember seeing Darren on television, during, the much anticipated banning of "Don't ask, Don't tell celebration. I was in awe of his presence, his intelligence, and his love for all of us. I am saddened by his passing and I grieve with all of you. I too have suffered the loss of my brother Tony this year. A wonderful brother, Dad, husband and Friend. My heart breaks for you all. What a wonderful soul, and a loss for our country!! How proud you all must be.
To the MANZELLA FAMILY SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS
You will be so missed, you made a difference just being you! Xoxoxox
R.I.P Prayers going out to your family and friends.Roger D. Bowers Piqua Ohio
God bless him for living his life with courage. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to his spouse and his family. One day you will meet again.
To Darrens family...Im sorry for your loss...
I am so sorry for your loss. I only knew of Mr. Manzella and I found him to be courageous and true. May The Great Spirit watch over you in your time of grief and sorrow.
We will see him again. John 5:28
R.I.P. you beautiful person!!
It is with sincere optimism that our society recognizes that heroes are of all colors, religions, genders, and yes orientation. One of Mr. Manzellma's greatest legacy of valor will be seen as his strength to stand up against extreme adversity to make known what was in his heart. Every two decades, it seems that someone must take a stand to progressively shed light as to what our Civil Rights, Constitutional Rights and Personal Rights must stand for in an ever changing World.
Comdolences to the family and a true expression of thanks to Mr. Manzellma for his contributions.
Peace Be With You, Sir.
There's never really much to say at times like this, except thoughts that run through our minds and wonder why... Darren was and always will be amazing,funny,attractive, and inspirational to all the people who have ever met him. To Javier, I'm truly sorry for this happening it really makes me think about who I am and how much it means to love someone as much as you love Darren, Please be strong and know that you will Never be without Darren's soul and endless memories beside you. Till We Meet Again May You Rest In Peace
O M G...SUCH AN UNNECESSARY DEATH....FOR A BRAVE MAN!
Terribly sad! Life is about love and serving mankind, you set the example for both. Rest in peace and may the memories comfort those who remain on earth.
We have lost an American hero who stood up for what he believed in. Bless you Mr. Manzella and may you RIP.
A man of courage. May he rest in eternal peace. My deepest sympathy to his husband and family.
My sincere condolences to all who knew and cared for him.
My condolences to the family. May the God of peace be with you. Psalms 65:2
Your bravery will not be be forgotten. Thank you Sir.
I am so terribly sorry that this brave young man has left this world too soon. Rest in Eternal Peace Darren.
this was such a corageous young man,his family must be proud of him and what he achieved and devasted by his loss,my heart goes out to you all.
I am so sorry for your loss. May you be comforted by the words at Jeremiah 29:11.