A family pleads for the return of a beloved object.
The drums were all that an Alma man left with his family when he passed away two weeks ago. The set was stolen just days after it was buried.
“Kick you while you’re down.” That’s how we feel, ”said Rhonda Townsend, sister of Ryan Serna.
She lost her brother to suicide about two weeks ago.
“We buried him on Friday and I got a call Monday telling me someone broke into his garage and stole his battery,” Townsend said.
She talks about a red Pearl brand drums.
Ryan’s last wish was for the drums to be passed on to his 13-year-old son, Riley.
The family are in disbelief, but they believe the thief knew Ryan, knew the battery was in the garage, and knew Ryan had recently passed away.
“When you go through something like this, you don’t have much left. It’s not much to remember. That’s all we really had left of Ryan, ”said Ali Serna, Ryan’s niece.
His family said Ryan had always had a passion for music. He started playing drums at only 5 years old and continued for the rest of his life.
“He would sit there for hours playing the drums. He grew up playing them. His father played them. My father played them. I mean, the drums have always been part of our family, ”Ali said.
At this point, Ryan’s dream of passing on his passion for music and his beloved drums to his son cannot be realized. Unless the person who took them brings them back.
“Personally, I don’t care who has them. Just bring them back. I just don’t care if you drop it in my driveway. Just give them back so we can finally mourn him and move on and wrap up with that, ”Ali said.
The family said they are offering a reward of $ 2,000 to anyone who can help find the battery.
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