MERIDEN — Friends and family of a city man are remembering him as a selfless person who was passionate about his music.
Justin Patrick “Milliano” Miller, 35, died on Feb. 11 following a fire at his home at 40 Side Hill Road. He was found in a wooded area nearby. The cause of death was ruled a suicide.
Miller was co-founder of the independent record label Milliano Music and Conn Artists Entertainment, which produces R&B, rap, and hip-hop music. He was also the co-founder of “Dyin’ 2 Live Couture,” a clothing line that sells t-shirts, hats and hoodies.
Sara Capellini and Miller became friends when they attended Platt High School. She said Miller had a passion for music and started the record label to help local artists connect with industry professionals.
Linda Dionizio, Miller’s mother, said he was a giving person who went out of his way to help others. Her son took care of her when she was diagnosed with cancer several years ago.
“He wasn’t perfect, he had flaws, but he gave to everyone and never asked for anything,” Dionizio said.
Miller often donated food to the homeless and money to families in need, his mother said. He organized donation drives for families during Christmas and donated to Wells for Africa.
Capellini said Miller donated to Toys for Tots and organized several backpack drives, collecting school supplies for children.
“I always remember he was caring and selfless,” Capellini said. “He’d give you the shirt off his back.”
A GoFundMe page with a goal of $5,000 has been set up for his family.
A fundraiser for Dionizio and other family members affected by the fire is scheduled for Saturday (2/23) from 9 a.m. to noon at South Meriden Trinity United Methodist Church, 145 Main St., South Meriden. Household items, gift cards and monetary donations will be accepted.