No way it looks like a human face. I'm pretty certain this is Grumpy Cat, reincarnated.
That was my takeaway too - he had a stack up of bad odds against his cause. Some by his own doing (behaviors, who he hung out with, drug use) and some not his own fault (his family situation, the abuse situation they briefly mentioned, impacts from CTE, challenges in dealing with his identity/sexuality). Sad situation for everyone involved.