Corey and Rhea


Sanford, United States

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I need everyone’s help. This is a photo of my daughter Rhea and her boyfriend of a year, Corey . On Sept. 4, 2-008,Corey left my house at 9:30pm and began walking the mile and a half to his house. It was a usual trip. The next day, Corey didn’t show up for school. His mother went to take him lunch money and he wasn’t there. She returned back down the road where he would’ve walked home and saw his shoe. She pulled over and there in the brush on the side of the road, she found her dead son. His body was twisted and blue. This is very graphic, but I want to convey to you all the true details, as I ask for your help. We are all completely devastated by this tragedy. It is surreal. Corey was like my own kid- he was at my house every day. He played with my son, and babysat him when I needed him. He played in the sandbox with my baby. He was a sweet, kind, beautiful young man. He was smart, and charming and generous and I loved him with all of my heart. The person that did this, was a 21 year old named Rick Key. He was drunk- he hit Corey then HE LEFT THE SCENE AND WENT HOME. The next morning, after their family contacted a lawyer, he turned himself in. No regard for Corey. Ricky hid his truck in the backyard. He knew that he hit a person, and he hid his truck. HE COULD HAVE CALLED 911 anonymously if he was scared. He has no regard for human life and I, a nurturer and very loving, feel such tremendous hatred right now, it scares me to death. It is not an emotion I am used to. I had to go to the school my daughter attends and tell her that her love was gone. It is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do in my life. I am working on a website to Remember Corey, and have people share stories about him, and to make donations, as his family is having a financial hardship, and need the money to help with burial costs. I am asking for my friends if you are able to, and ANYONE that views this photo to please make a purchase, HOWEVER SMALL, and all the money will be donated to Corey’s family. I am providing the website URL link below for you to view the story if you are interested, and just so you know, this is real, and I really want to raise money for his family. I am also going to place donation jars around town at local businesses. My heart is completely broken, and I can’t believe I will never see his smiling face again. This kid had quit school over a year and a half ago, and with my daughter’s inspiration, and my constant unwavering faith in him, and telling him he was smart and could be whatever he wanted to be, he went back, and was doing EXCELLENT. I am so proud of my daughter for helping to change someone’s life. I need help by prayer from you all to rid my heart of the hatred and anger I feel at the young man that hit Corey, DRUNK, and then left him to die alone in a ditch. It is our worse nightmare. PLEASE, if anyone can help by making a purchase, I would be so very grateful to each and every one of you. I loved this kid and I will miss him like the sunshine. GOD rest his soul. Thank you in advance for any donation you can manage. Here is the website:

September 2010: I wrote that over 2 years ago. Mr, Key is presently not doing so well, his wife left him, and he is having psychological problems. . . . wonder why? Mr, Key is also still a free man, due to the fact that no one who CAN say he was driving that night, WILL, because no one with any guts saw him. It is all still very sad, and we are all still trying to heal and put Corey’s killer behind bars, where he needs to be! The justice system is this country is crap.

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