Zach's life began well enough. He was a vibrant, energetic, curious, happy, loving, and compassionate human being. His personality was so wonderful, he was gentle and funny, and he loved to make people laugh or engage in conversation about the state of the world. He was never aggressive or violent, and he never had anything bad to say about anyone. During his young life, he had many interests that he followed passionately, such as chess, hiking, bird watching, and star gazing. He was thoughtful and intelligent. He loved math and physics and worked as a tutor in these subjects to community college students in his home town. Zach was also talented and disciplined in music and taught himself to play guitar; his favorite music to play was jazz. In addition, Zach loved participating in sports such as basketball, football, tennis, weight lifting, karate, skateboarding, bike riding, and bodysurfing.