Comment: Kari Diviney, Ryan’s sister, shares her thoughts and opinions to represent his best interests… as he would want. Her heartfelt Facebook plea will soon exceed the threshold of “going viral” and the momentum is actually gaining! As I write this the Anti-Parole Petition it is quickly approaching 75,000!
Most people already read it, but please read it again. I did… her love and sense of knowing what Ryan would want buckled me at the knees. She knows him and is like him like no other person. They share the same genes. They experienced the same environment. They share the same values and beliefs.
I just could not pull myself off the floor. I was a heap of helplessness. It was Kari writing, but if felt like she was channeling Ryan’s desires. Like Ryan, she makes proud and it easy to be her dad. They make me look better than I really am.
Oh, how I love them.
By: Kari Diviney
If you are reading this post this is the last picture of the last time I ever saw my big brother conscious. It is the last time I saw his smile, hugged him, or heard his voice. In this picture I was visiting him at his school, West Virginia University. We were at a WVU football game and it was one of the best nights of my life. He was only 20 years old in this picture as a sophomore in his fall semester, and I was an 18-year-old senior in high school. I am now 21 and a junior at West Virginia University.
On November 7, 2009 my brother was brutally attacked in the parking lot of Dairy Mart on Wiley Street. After an argument broke out about the world series video surveillance shows my brother back pedaling away from the group in self-defense. One boy from the group (Jonathan May) ran up to my brother and sucker punched him so hard he got knocked off his feet. This caused his head to hit a metal sewer which immediately knocked him unconscious.
Following Jonathan May’s punch, one of his friends from the group, Austin Vantrease, ran up and viciously kicked my unconscious brother in the head (which described from a witness said it looked as though he was punting a football). The impact immediately sent my brother into a seizure with blood exiting from his mouth and ears.
My then 20-year-old brother has been in a coma ever since. He is now 23 years old, an innocent man, stuck in his body…his own prison, for no reason. Anyone who knows Ryan knows he did not deserve this. He was maliciously attacked by people he didn’t even know, people who didn’t even attend WVU, complete strangers. No person in their right mind would kick an unconscious man while he was down. Neither of the boys called an ambulance or turned themselves in, they simply watched from behind the dumpster as my brother nearly died, then proceeded on to a party. If my brother wasn’t found by a Morgantown Police officer, Jimmy Smith, he would have likely died in that parking lot.
Ryan was the funniest, most caring, and passionate person I have ever known. He is my big brother and always will be. I will always look up to him. Ryan has protected me all my life and has made me who I am today, and I never thought I, as his little sister, would ever lose him. But I lost my brother, the person I most looked up to, the person I thought was invincible, my hero.
Now my family and I live a life not knowing if we will ever get him back, ever see that shining and contagious smile again, ever hear his laugh…
He will forever be stuck as a 20-year-old sophomore at West Virginia University… as his attackers will go on with their pathetic lives.
Jonathan May has been released from jail about a year ago. Austin Vantrease is still in prison with no remorse for his actions. He and his family have not reached out or put a penny toward my brother’s care. This July Austin will be attempting his 3rd try at parole. The most we can do for my brother is try to keep this malicious felon in prison as long as we can.
If you are reading this, no matter WHO you are, you can help us keep Austin Vantrease in Prison till the year 2015. My brother, an innocent victim’s life, is forever changed. He can’t speak for himself, eat for himself, think for himself, tell us if he is in pain… nothing. The least we can do is get my brother the justice he so very deserves.
Please share this story and sign this Petition to keep Austin Vantrease in prison for his full sentencing and deny his parole attempts. He will one day get his life back, my brother… we can only pray.
Whoever you are you can help right now by clicking this link (or the picture below) and simply signing your name.
Every single person and name counts! My family and brother need you all more than ever. Thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope you all will do this one small act that can make a world’s difference.
Please spread the word and speak what my brother cannot. ♥♥ Let’s go TEAM DIVINEY!