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Build a Barway Collins Memorial at Becker Park

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Barway's Story


On March 18, 2015, the life of 10 Year Old Barway Collins ended tragically when he was murdered by his father.


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.


How You Can Help


We are seeking donations for the commission and installation of the statue. The goal for this fundraiser is $15,000.


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 made to a City for a public purpose are generally tax-deductible. Consult your accountant for details.


Donor Recognition


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.




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.


About the Monument


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. Once we have the order in to the artist we will have a better idea how long it will take to complete.


More Info

See for the latest information on this project.

Additional Funds

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.



  • Ruth Ryan
    • $15 
    • 2 yrs
  • John Sutter
    • $200 
    • 3 yrs
  • Justin Rohloff
    • $20 
    • 3 yrs
  • Leanne Williams
    • $10 
    • 3 yrs
    • $40 
    • 3 yrs

Fundraising team (2)

Jeff Kolb
Minneapolis, MN
City of Crystal
Erin Kolb
Team member

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