Exclusive: Parents of autistic teen speak out following shooting

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Nearly two years following the stabbing and shooting incident at Carolina Forest High School, the parents of Trevor Varinecz are speaking out about their efforts to help others dealing with autism.

"A lot of people still think of him and we would like to keep that up," said Tom Varinecz , the father of 16-year-old Trevor Varinecz , who was shot and killed after stabbing a school resource officer in October of 2009.

Following an investigation, Horry County Police reported the teen attacked then school resource officer Marcus Rhodes in his office. Moments after being attacked, Rhodes opened fire on the teen. Rhodes was cleared of any wrongdoing in the case but the tragedy help to shed new light on the difficulties some students with autism face.

"Our goal is to keep Trevor's memory alive, the Trevor we knew and we want to help people move forward." said Sara Pope, Executive Director of the S.O.S. Autism Clinic in Myrtle Beach.

The clinic, along with the Varinecz family, will host a golf tournament next month in Trevor's memory.

"The Trevor Varinecz Memorial Golf Tournament presented by Strand Orthopaedic Consultants will be held Saturday, August 20 at Possum Trot Golf Course.  It is a Captain's Choice format and begins with a shotgun start at 8 AM. The cost is $65 per person for 4-player teams and includes all food, beverages, prizes and raffle.  The proceeds from this tournament benefit the programs of SOS Health Care Inc."

Those wanting to participate in sponsorships or those wanting to make reservations to play in the tournament can get in touch by visiting www.sos-healthcare.com or call 843-449-0554.

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