Jupiter - Golf course owner Robbie Dew is still in shock about the boy he mentors. Dew said, "I was pretty much the first person he asked about when he came out of it." Ryan Barnett's mother and four siblings were killed earlier this week by their stepfather in Riviera Beach. Ryan survived the tragedy and wanted to see his mentor and friend.
"I couldn't even believe it, I can't put it into words this type of thing because here is a child that lost his entire family, has a gunshot in his throat and he is asking for me."
Dew started to mentor Ryan two years ago through the organization, Take Stock In Children. Their bond grew during their weekly visits. "I see him every week, I would go to the school every week and we meet for about an hour, we go through his homework and find out what's going on in his life then basically girls and guys all of that sort of stuff that kids get into. Grade nine last year for him was a difficult year even though he ended up with a good solid B average."
Though Dew does not share specifics about their conversations, he does say he will do what he can to help Ryan grieve. "Well he is still in critical condition but when I came in he smiled at me and he said a few words, but other than that he kind of went back into it because he was under pain killers."
While the teenager remains hospitalized, Dew is in the process of organizing a golf tournament to raise funds for the teenager. "We really have to find out right now who he is going to live with how that is going to happen, and where it is going to be, what school district he is going to be in and all of those good things, I want to be there to help him through the process."
Take Stock In Children
2200 North Florida Mango Road
West Palm Beach
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