Money raised to bring nephew’s body home

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL -

A Stoney Creek woman is rais­ing money to bring her teen nephew home from Ja­maica af­ter he drowned in a river swollen by hur­ri­cane Har­vey.

Gar­net Ha­ley, 19, of Mis­sis­sauga, died Aug. 24 while he, his sis­ter and fa­ther vis­ited fam­ily.

“He went to ex­plore the river,” says his aunt, Keelie Young. His fa­ther left him for a few min­utes and when he re­turned, Gar­net had van­ished. Only his shoe was left be­hind.

Gar­net — who loved “all things bas­ket­ball” — was later found, down­river, by his fa­ther.

Young says the river was much higher and faster than usual be­cause of the reach of Hur­ri­cane Har­vey, which has slammed Houston, Texas.

Gar­net leaves his mom, dad and five sib­lings. He wanted to get into a skilled trades pro­gram.

“He was a re­ally kind, lov­ing, gen­tle boy,” Young says.

An au­topsy will be done in Ja­maica and then the fam­ily will bring Gar­net’s body home. The cost of that is high.

Young says her griev­ing fam­ily is buoyed by the out­pour­ing of sup­port from 175 friends and fam­ily who do­nated more than $12,000 to a Go­FundMe ac­count aimed at bring­ing Gar­net home. They are hop­ing to raise $20,000.

To do­nate, go to go­fundme.com and find the Help Bring Gar­net Home page.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF KEELIE YOUNG

Gar­net Ha­ley, 19, of Mis­sis­sauga died Aug. 24 in Ja­maica dur­ing a trip to visit fam­ily there.

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