|By Haven Orecchio-Egresitz, Cape Cod Times, Hyannis, Mass.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Whether it was at his family home in
Early Saturday morning, when Griffin was out with friends on the island, he dove off the top of the "Juice Guys" building on
"Corey was an unbelievably motivated young professional with friends all over the country," Greeley said. "Nobody could have asked for a better friend, a better brother to his brother Michael and sister Casey, or a better son."
Officers administered CPR at the scene and the
Romina Mateza, an employee at Nantucket Ice Cream & Smoothies, which is located in the building that Griffin jumped from, said it used to be common for young kids to dive into the water from the roof, but she hasn't seen anyone else do it this summer and she doesn't think anyone has ever drowned in the past.
The shingle sided harbor-front shack is located on the
In a conference call Saturday, family friends described Griffin as a driven and successful businessman, exceptional hockey player, and a generous soul with a passion for giving back to the community.
The young man recently left his job at
Frates, whose battle with ALS recently turned the ice bucket challenge into a viral social media campaign, met Griffin in 2006 at
"He was an absolutely outstanding young business professional and rising star," said
Griffin's father, Robert, is the president of the New England Area for Cushman & Wakefield real estate company. He is also founder of the annual
Several years ago, the younger Griffin launched The NHL Alumni Pro-Am, a charity hockey tournament which also benefits
He and his father are both committee members.
"The Griffin family has a long-standing relationship with Boston Children's,"
It is unclear why Griffin was at the harbor and what the circumstances were that led to his apparent drowning, according to Cape and Islands District Attorney
"It's a tragic event. People just have to be very careful when doing these kinds of things," O'Keefe said referring to diving off the building into the harbor. "It's obviously not the wisest thing in the world."