Family has warning after son attending UNCW dies studying abroad

SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) — For one family in Salisbury, the loss of their son is prompting them to speak out in hopes of saving someone else from suffering through something similar.

Eric and Crystal Turney lost their son, Ryan, last month after he passed away in Vietnam. Ryan was a senior at UNC Wilmington and was studying abroad in Thailand.

“He was living his best life. He was so happy. He really was,” said Crystal Turney, Ryan’s mother.

“His thing was travel and making friends,” said Ryan’s father, Eric.

Ryan loved to travel. He had visited 48 states and 5 continents. His travels had taken him everywhere from Iceland to Australia to China. When he was 10, he visited the Galapagos Islands with his grandfather.

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