Kenny Riley and Leila McNairy got married on Thanksgiving Day 2008. They both have children from different relationships--one of Leila's, Kenneth, has lived on and off with them in the Ventura River.
Kenny grew up with learning disabilities, a cleft pallet, and underwent 13 surgeries by the time he was 13. He and his brother were old enough to witness and retain memories from their abusive stepfather. Their mother, Nancy Grant, married the former Seabee when he returned from Vietnam. He provided a good middleclass home so she decided that she'd put up with the verbal degradation. But within the first year the violence turned physical, "...and I told him 'You lay one more hand on me and this is going to turn ugly.' And he did, and I did shoot him." Nancy believes that those events acted as catalysts in Kenny's early years with drug use and his uneasiness being at home. A sandwich was always left by the back door if Kenny was desperate and returned home in the middle of the night or during the day when Nancy was gone. His mother gave him chances but he didn’t know how to go to school or work.
He grew up in the bush running from the law. Riley became a principal drug dealer with close ties to the Hells Angels as well as Avenue gangs. After nearly a decade in some of California’s worst prisons (Wasco and Mule Creek) he returned to the river to live outside again. Nancy raised Kenny’s only child Chris, 30 years old; she treasures him and they still live close by in Pahrump, Nevada.
Leila, who goes by Sunshine, was an ambitious gymnast at a young age in Texas. She was lifted into exotic dancing by a biker gang as a young teen, and subsequently got addicted to hard drugs and alcohol. She’s worked as a nightclub bouncer, sheet-rocker, and motorcyclist mechanic while fighting her disease. Her oldest daughter, Shannon, is a Portland State University graduate and rarely stays in contact with Sunshine. Kenneth has bounced around the West over the past couple of years, hopping trains and staying with his paternal father in Texas. When Sunshine became homeless approximately 6 years ago, he moved into the river with her dropping out of school. Her youngest son was seized by Child Protective Services of California and eventually adopted by a family in the neighboring community Camarillo. He is now a freshman at UC Berkeley and rarely stays in contact with his birth family.
Nancy Grant is a successful and respected civic leader in Pahrump, Nevada where she runs a real estate company. In the summer of 2013 Kenny, Sunshine, and Kenneth moved into a doublewide in Pahrump; a property under Mrs. Grant’s control. Since moving Kenny and Sunshine have quit doing Methamphetamine (Kenneth never had a problem) and Kenneth got a job in a kitchen at a local casino.