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‘Purest, purest heart:’ Family remembers Ryan Realbuto night of vigil

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — The family of Ryan Realbuto remembers the 23-year-old from Pittsford, the same night as a Thursday evening vigil at his alma mater, St. Bonaventure.

Realbuto was killed in Washington, D.C. last week during an attempted robbery, as he was serving with a volunteer group there.

Funeral service and candlelight vigil planned to celebrate Ryan Realbuto

His mother Janet Realbuto, and his aunt, Lynn Fennichia, remembering him as a quiet soul; who despite being a late bloomer, would flourish. They say he had an innocent laugh, with a strong faith; who was always volunteering, and always giving to those in need.

“I want him to be remembered as somebody that did a lot of good in this world and that’s how I want him to be remembered,” Janet said.

“A kind, gentle person with the purest, purest heart,” Fenicchia said. “He could not even formulate a mean thought. Let alone verbalize it or act on it on any human being. He was so proud to serve, he was so proud of his work, to serve others.”

Both commented on the tragedy of his death.

“Sensless,” Janet said. “Ryan didn’t even know this person. If you know who did this or have any idea who did this, or have any information whatsoever, I ask that you people contact the D.C. police department.

“Find out who did this to get them off the street, I will do anything for that, because I can’t have my son back. This was a beautiful beautiful loving family that is now destroyed,” Janet continued.

“(Ryan) was serving at-risk youth, and his life was taken. And that is something I will never be able to live with the rest of my life because of who he was, the challenges he overcame, just to get to where he was,” Fenicchia said.

She added that she can only hope that something good can come of this.

No arrests have been made. DCPD is offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.

​ ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — The family of Ryan Realbuto remembers the 23-year-old from Pittsford, the same night as a Thursday evening vigil at his alma mater, St. Bonaventure.

Realbuto was killed in Washington, D.C. last week during an attempted robbery, as he was serving with a volunteer group there.
Funeral service and candlelight vigil planned to celebrate Ryan Realbuto
His mother Janet Realbuto, and his aunt, Lynn Fennichia, remembering him as a quiet soul; who despite being a late bloomer, would flourish. They say he had an innocent laugh, with a strong faith; who was always volunteering, and always giving to those in need.

“I want him to be remembered as somebody that did a lot of good in this world and that’s how I want him to be remembered,” Janet said.

“A kind, gentle person with the purest, purest heart,” Fenicchia said. “He could not even formulate a mean thought. Let alone verbalize it or act on it on any human being. He was so proud to serve, he was so proud of his work, to serve others.”

Both commented on the tragedy of his death.

“Sensless,” Janet said. “Ryan didn’t even know this person. If you know who did this or have any idea who did this, or have any information whatsoever, I ask that you people contact the D.C. police department.

“Find out who did this to get them off the street, I will do anything for that, because I can’t have my son back. This was a beautiful beautiful loving family that is now destroyed,” Janet continued.

“(Ryan) was serving at-risk youth, and his life was taken. And that is something I will never be able to live with the rest of my life because of who he was, the challenges he overcame, just to get to where he was,” Fenicchia said.

She added that she can only hope that something good can come of this.

No arrests have been made. DCPD is offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information that leads to an arrest and conviction. Read More Local NewsRochesterFirst  

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