The mother of an American teenage rugby player who was found dead in Bermuda in March has thanked Bermuda for its help.
Lisa Dombroski said that her family was grateful “to the many kind Bermudians” who had helped in the search for her son Mark Dombroski.
Ms Dombroski said: “So many people have been kind to us.”
She was speaking after an inquest into the death of her 19-year-old son finished this week.
Ms Dombroski said: “Our greatest blessing was to be the parents and brothers of Mark Dombroski.
She added: “He was so fun, loving and happy, an all-around good kid.
“This tragedy and loss has been felt greatly as Mark was a good friend to many.”
She said that every day without her son was a challenge for the family.
Ms Dombroski added: “We appreciate the kind expressions of sympathy from the Bermudians who don’t even know us, but clearly have big hearts.”
Mr Dombroski’s body was found in the dry moat at Fort Prospect, near police headquarters, on March 19.
He went missing a day and a half earlier when he left a Hamilton bar alone after a night out with friends.
Mrs Dombroski said the family had formed a foundation in memory of Mr Dombroski which had “been active with giving back to many organisations that promote youth education, athletics, safety and wellbeing”.
She added: “It is the foundation’s desire that other children will know the joy that Mark lived and that his happy, inclusive and kind spirit will live on in the lives the foundation benefits.”
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