Sixteen-year-old Raymond spent nearly 10 years in foster care.
On Tuesday, however, the teenager was finally officially adopted into the Bosh family — a household he had spent almost one year calling home.
Sadly, the adoption was jumpstarted by tragic circumstances. On a family outing on Mother’s Day, Raymond died in a drowning incident, according to KNWA. His now-mother Melissa said:
“I’ll never forget the last thing he said to me. He said love you and I said I love you too Raymond and he said no it’s luv u like luv because the other way takes to long and he went into the water.”
The Bosh’s described Raymond as their “missing piece.”
The Bosh’s wanted to honor Raymond’s desire of adoption, so even after his death, they made the process official. Melissa said:
“It didn’t change anything by officially adding the name. It just finally made it official.”
Her husband Steve added:
“We were just a father and a son playing basketball. I’m Raymond’s dad officially today and I want to celebrate that with my son. That’s what is hard for me right now.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about 10 people die each day from “unintentional drowning,” making it the fifth leading cause of “unintentional injury death in the United States.”
Risk of this accident can be prevented through formal swim lessons and learning CPR. Furthermore, if one doesn’t have the swimming skills, the CDC advises wearing a life jacket.
In addition, avoid swimming in bodies of water without supervision. Take advantage of the buddy system and make sure someone is watching at all times.
Raymond’s family has started the Raymond Bosch Foundation to help other foster kids.