FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas—Tears fell from swollen eyes during an emotional vigil for a 5-year-old boy who drowned in a neighborhood swimming pool in Fort Bend County.
“What a genuine person he was,” said Wendy Rice-Hughes, one of the victim’s teachers at Dickinson Elementary School.
Jaden Nwokedi, who did not know how to swim, drifted into the deep end of the pool at the Greatwood subdivision before anyone realized he was there.
The small child, who would have turned six next month, was pronounced dead at the hospital.
And while his classmates and their parents honored his brief life through prayer, paramedics in Houston responded to another drowning involving a small child.
Neighbors at the Westheimer Terrace Apartments said a 3-year-old boy somehow climbed through a locked fence and fell in the water.
Both incidents served to remind parents of how quickly summertime fun could turn to tragedy.
“Children love the water and we have learned from this tragic accident that children can be lost in the blink of an eye,” said Janet Marlow.
“They need to know how to swim,” said Timi Aledetimi. “It’s very important for children to know how to swim.”