Two autistic brothers with ties to Utah drown off Hawaii coast
SALT LAKE CITY — Two teenage autistic brothers with ties to Utah drowned in the ocean off of Hawaii last week, according to their aunt.
According to a news release from the Hawaii Police Department, the two boys Adam Larkin, 16, and his younger brother Gabriel, 14, along with their father and another relative were swept out to sea on Aug. 11. The news release says the two adults along with the 16-year-old were rescued.
However, Adam Larkin was later pronounced dead at an area hospital. Rescuers have been unable to locate Gabriel Larkin, and the search for him has been called off, according to the boys’ aunt Raina Thorne.
Parents of the two autistic brothers are from Utah
In an email to KSL NewsRadio, Thorne says both of the boys’ parents (Kyle and Amie) are originally from Utah. Kyle was raised in Hurricane, while Amie grew up in Salt Lake City.
Thorne says Kyle and Amie were married in Utah, but later moved to Hawaii where both boys were born. From there, the Larkins moved to Maryland, “where they had great schools for kids on the spectrum,” Thorne wrote in her email.
According to Thorne, the Larkins only recently moved back to Hawaii. They had only been there for one day before the tragedy occurred.
Thorne says one of her favorite memories of the boys was when they would come to visit them in southern Utah.
“Kyle took his boys around his stomping grounds of Pine Valley Mountain, Zion, Red Rocks,” she wrote. “We played games, talked, played at playgrounds, splash pads, farmer’s markets and enjoyed dinner at restaurants.”
She says the family will be returning to Utah over Labor Day weekend for a Celebration of Life.
Thorne has also set up a GoFundMe page to help with medical services and other bills. The remaining portion of the funds raised will be donated to The Organization of Autism Research.
KSL NewsRadio does not assure that the money deposited to the account directly benefits the persons named as beneficiaries. If you are considering a deposit to the account, you should consult your own advisers and otherwise proceed at your own risk.
- WVC Police looking for missing 18-year-old with autism
- Autism awareness organization to hold a community conversation for Ogden residents
Today’s Top Stories
- Weather causing delayed starts for several schools across Utah
- When it’s this cold, keep your pipes from freezing. Here’s how.
- Governor Spencer Cox signs transgender bill, releases statement
- Herd of elk pushed away from I-80 and moved back into mountains
- Head on collision reported, State Route 73 closure
- Crash in Uintah County claims the life of a 19-year-old man
- LGBTQ advocacy groups to file lawsuit over Utah’s transgender-related surgery law
- Officer-involved shooting in Iron County
- Why is there an increase of wildlife in SLC neighborhoods?
- Five Common Causes of Cervical Cancer – and What You Can Do to Lower Your Risk