On March 18, 2015, the life of 10 Year Old Barway Collins ended tragically when he was murdered by his father. (Read more about the case here.)
Barway lived in Crystal, Minnesota, across the street from Becker Park.
This project seeks to build a memorial that celebrates Barway's life through placing a life-sized bronze statue of Barway at Becker Park.
UPDATE - 8/16/2021: We have met (and exceeded) our original goal of $15,000 for the statue. There are some remaining costs beyond the statue (pedestal, plaques, installation) so we are keeping donations open for a bit longer.
The City of Crystal is a partner in this project and donations may be made directly to the city. Funds will be deposited in a special initiatives fund for this project. 100% of your donation will go to the creation and installation of the statue. (Donations made through GoFundMe are subject to GoFundMe's regular processing fees.)
Checks should be made out to the City of Crystal.
Indicate Barway Memorial on the memo line.
Checks may be mailed to:
City of Crystal
4141 Douglas Dr. N.
Crystal, MN 55422
Attn: Barway Memorial
Donations may also be made online through GoFundMe.
Donations made to a City for a public purpose are generally tax-deductible. Consult your accountant for details.
The image above is a rough conceptual sketch used to communicate the general concept of the monument. The final monument will likely look different.
The statue will be life-sized - approximately 48-54 inches tall.
The pedestal will be roughly 18 to 22 inches tall and made of the same stone that is used throughout Becker Park.
There will be a bronze plaque on the front of the pedestal with the statue's title and an inscription. There will be a second bronze plaque on the rear of the pedestal recognizing donors as indicated above.
We are working with the City of Crystal to determine the best placement of the monument.
Timing of the monument installation is still pending but expected to be summer of 2022. A contract for the artwork has been signed!
Individuals or groups who donate a total of $500 or more will be recognized on a bronze plate to be located on the rear of the statue pedestal.
Any funds remaining after the purchase of the monument (statue, plaques, and pedestal) will be put into scholarships in Barway's name for Crystal Parks and Recreation programs.
This project has been organized by Jeff Kolb, Crystal City Council Member (2015-2019) and Erin Kolb, Crystal Parks Commissioner (2012-Present).
Statue concept by Nancy LaRoche, Crystal City Council (2017-Present).
The City of Crystal is a Partner in the project.
Media enquiries please use the contact form on this website or call 612-327-3326.
Fox 9 - New effort to remember Barway Collins at Crystal's Becker Park
StarTribune - Push for monument to remember slain boy
StarTribune - In Crystal, a Monument to a Little Boy Lost
SunPost - Statue planned in memory of Barway Collins