Touching Story Behind Orphaned 7-Year-Old's NYPD Sponsored Trip to Disney World

ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 17:  Minnie and Mickey Mouse at Disneyland's 50th Anniversary rededication ceremony held at Disneyland on July 17, 2005 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Marsaili McGrath/Getty Images)

Touching Story Behind Orphaned 7-Year-Old's NYPD Sponsored Trip to Disney World

Tyrone Lowe Jr. lost both his parents to a gruesome murder-suicide.

Published August 19, 2016

In December of 2015, 6-year-old Tyrone Lowe Jr. sat in a room in his Bronx home while his father shot his mother, Shoshane Rattiganthe, in the next room. Afterwards, Tyrone Lowe Sr. was found dead in his 2006 Honda Odyssey. Lowe took his own life by way of a gunshot to the head. 

Tyrone Lowe Jr. was then placed in the care of the NYC Administration for Children’s Services, until eventually being given over to his aunt. In February, NYPD Officers of the 49th Precinct announced that they were raising funds to send Tyrone to Disney World. As part of their fundraising, they also collected money to be set aside as a college fund for Tyrone.

Tyrone, now seven years old, was awarded his gift on Thursday at the precinct stationhouse in Morris Park. The precinct set up a wonderful Disney themed celebration for Tyrone. Upon entering the building, Tyrone was greeted by Mickey and Minnie Mouse, as well as the officers of the precinct. The Mouse couple then presented Tyrone with a $5,000 check for The Tyrone Lowe Scholarship Fund.

The 7-year-old and his aunt Annadelle Williams were then presented with a week-long trip to Disney World in Orlando, Florida. After receiving the gifts, Tyrone could not contain his excitement.

"They're great. They're awesome. Thank you. I love you. Thank you for all the stuff that you gave to me,” Tyrone said with a smile. “I'm so proud of you guys. Can I just say that I love you all?"

We hope you have a wonderful trip to the happiest place on Earth, Tyrone!  

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: Marsaili McGrath/Getty Images)


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