Gabriel Adarme was growing with love and potential before his untimely death. The life of Adarme was honored Wednesday at Bradford Village where he had worked. A plaque was placed in a hallway dedicated to his memory. Adarme was the victim of multiple stabbing wounds to his chest and abdomen in July. He was 26 years old. He died defending life in the same spirit he had lived — to enrich and save the lives of others while on his journey to become a registered nurse. “It’s really, really special to know that this many people still really care,” said Adarme’s sister, Mariah Kennemer. “After so much time has passed, it’s really special.” Adarme had earned a promotion at Bradford Village as a certified nursing assistant. He was also a physical therapy tech and was enrolled in nursing school at Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City. “He was one of the most passionate, kindest, most generous people I’ve ever known,” said Kim Early, activities director. “He had a huge passion for music, a huge passion for people and especially his residents, his family and the patients that he cared for on a daily basis. He was the kind of person who would never leave you.” Adarme is survived by a 6-year-old son Azreal as well as his parents, Rupert and Brenda Adarme, and a brother, Isaiah Adarme. He enjoyed Arcadia Lake and the small things in life, said Kennemer, his only sister. Edmond Police arrested Gabe Allen Wainscott, 22, on one count of Murder in the First Degree and Kidnapping, resulting from Adarme’s wounds sustained at the Sunset Ridge Apartments, 930 S. Boulevard. Two other people in the apartment were able to flee because Adarme had distracted Wainscott by walking to the kitchen with his phone while defending himself with his guitar. “The spirit of Gabriel — the spirit and the love that he showed everybody that he ever knew — I still see it every day,” Early said. “I see it in every single one of your faces, everyone that loved him that still works here and goes on in his memory.” Adarme’s laughter was infectious, said Adarme’s girlfriend Kari Nelson. He was a “big goof-ball, always doing something fun,” she said. “He was the best spirit. He was always smiling, happy and loved everybody,” Nelson said.
Published on  November 4, 2015