Donations for Jimmy Ryce Center increase following execution - FOX 35 News Orlando

Donations for Jimmy Ryce Center increase following execution

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Nearly a week after the execution of convicted killer 46-year-old Juan Carlos Chavez, his young victim's family says they are returning to their normal routines.

Chavez abducted Jimmy Ryce at gunpoint after the boy got off a school bus on Sept. 11, 1995, in rural southwestern Miami-Dade County.  Testimony showed Chavez raped the boy, shot him when he tried to escape, then dismembered his body.

The family says they want to see that Jimmy's legacy endures through the Jimmy Ryce Center.

They say a top priority is raising money for the Jimmy Ryce Bloodhound Network and since the execution, there was an influx of donations and Don plans to donate two new bloodhounds to law enforcement.

The website will also continue to accept donations to the Jimmy Ryce Center via PayPal. Organizers say donations will only be used to purchase bloodhounds at a cost of $1000 each and to keep the website up and running.

Their goal is to raise funds to acquire 28 new bloodhounds (Jimmy would have been 28 years old).

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