Randolph County community comes together to help student whose fishing gear was stolen
REYNO, Ark. (KAIT) – A Reyno family found themselves on the streets after their house was broken into a few weeks ago.
Maynard High School freshman William Kary, who is part of the school’s bass fishing team, found himself without gear for his very first tournament.
William says he woke up in the middle of the night and heard a commotion, but fell asleep again. When he woke up he noticed that something was missing.
âI was like ‘mom, where’s my fishing stuff’, said William.” She just said ‘someone stole it’ and I didn’t know what to thinkâ¦ I had nothing to use [for the tournament], everything I was going to use was stolen from me “
William’s mother, Audrey, thought there was a possum on her front porch, but it was while investigating that she found something else.
“When I got into the living room where the front door is, you could hear the front door banging,” Audrey said when she realized it was a burglary. . “I grabbed a shotgun [and] called 911 … “
Immediately, William and his mother rushed to find materials.
âAs a mom, you tell your son that everything will be fine knowing that his fishing tournament will take place the next day,â Audrey said. a lot of money that was taken from him.
Enter Deputy Hampton Owens. He was one of the first to arrive on the scene.
âI knew right away that I had to do something,â Deputy Owens said.
After the incident, Owens posted a message on Facebook trying to get equipment for William before the tournament the next day.
The answers came quickly.
âImmediately we started receiving donations and messages from everywhere,â said MP Owens. âWe had people in Iowa and I believe Alabama, Mississippi, Missouri, and of course right here in Arkansas. My own niece gave her a giant gear bag full of gear and , you know, it was really good to see the community and the county come together. â
Then, on tournament day, Deputy Owens delivered everything William needed to compete in his first tournament.
William says he was overwhelmed by it all.
âHe just brought me a bunch of stuff and I was shocked I couldn’t believe it,â William said. âI wanted to cry and give him a hug and I’m so thankful and grateful that we all gave me stuff because I probably wouldn’t have won without it.
Thanks to the community, not only was William able to participate in the tournament, but he caught the biggest fish. It was his personal best, 5.35 pounds.
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