Hundreds gather for Adryan

A fundraiser for a 14-year-old shooting victim was held at West Bay public beach this weekend, drawing hundreds of residents and even a few tourists out to support the cause.

Organisers said money raised at the beach barbecue would go to help the family of Adryan Powell defray medical and ancillary costs related to his lengthy hospitalisation in Miami.

Adryan was one of three young men shot on a West Bay street corner on 8 July. He was shot in the face and a bullet to the back left him partially paralyzed, according to family members.

Two other boys were shot in the incident. Twenty year-old Marcus Ebanks died. His brother, 18-year-old Rod Ebanks survived. Rod attended the Saturday afternoon fundraiser on crutches.

Several arrests were made immediately after the shooting, but no charges have been filed in the case.

‘Adryan’s expected to be in Miami for another three to four months for physical therapy, once he gets out of the hospital,’ said event organiser Dana Brandon. ‘He has good insurance, but this fundraiser will go to cover the family’s incidental costs, like travel to the US, and anything insurance doesn’t cover.’

Mrs. Brandon said there may be other fundraisers held and friends of the Powell family were trying to get a bank account set up for donations. She asked potential donors to contact her at [email protected] or phone her at 926-2720.

Fourteen year-old Adryan is in the inpatient rehabilitation centre at a Miami hospital and is expected to be released in the next few weeks. Family members said he was still experiencing some paralysis, but that an aggressive treatment and recovering programme would continue for months after he gets out.

‘He won’t be home for a while,’ Mrs. Brandon said.

Rod Ebanks attended the event with his mother, a Royal Cayman Islands Police officer. He and others wore T-shirts that had a picture of his older brother, Marcus.