A man’s last Facebook post is inspiring thousands after he was struck and killed by a drunk driver on New Year’s Eve.

On the morning of New Year’s Eve, Iraq war veteran Matthew DeRemer went on Facebook to reflect on a difficult 2015 and outlined his plan to become a better man in the coming year.

The decorated former Marine corporal from St. Petersburg, Florida, had a new job, stronger faith and a renewed drive to help people.

“My goal this year, while battling all obstacles, is to redefine my life by living as selfless as possible,” DeRemer, 31, wrote.

A few hours later, he was dead, struck by an alleged drunk driver while riding his motorcycle near his home.

His death drew people to his tragically timed Facebook post, which included this closing line: “I really don’t know where I’ll end up tonight but I do know where I windup is where I’m meant to be.”

DeRemer’s final writings have resonated around the world, as people who never knew him have said they were touched by his optimism and faith.

Deremer, who officials said left the Marines in 2010, had recently found a job as a surgical technician, giving him new hope for a career after several years as a physical trainer, his sister, Lynsey DeRemer, told NBC News.

“We knew he had a very big personality. He was like a magnet for people. But to see the kind of testimony he had, it does give us peace,” Lynsey DeRemer, 33, said

DeRemer was riding his motorcycle through an intersection a little before 8 p.m. when Steven Lee Clarke, 59, turned left into the motorcycle’s path, according to the report. DeRemer was found dead at the scene. Clarke was arrested on manslaughter charges.

However, earlier that day, DeRemer wrote a Facebook post which has since been shared thousands of times.


DeRemer’s friends and commenters who came across his post shared their love for


DeRemer and found inspiration in the powerful message he wrote.


In the comment section, DeRemer also shared goals that he hoped to accomplish this year.

My goal this year, while battling all obstacles, is to redefine my life by living as selfless as possible. Life “it isn’t about me or my wants, its about all the people who need love in their lives that been lost over time.” Lol this morning has been the most uplifting morning in a long time!

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