7-year-old boy who drowned Easter Sunday was a student at Martin Elementary in Beaumont
A 7-year-old boy took part in an Easter day outing for the first time in his life, according to a friend.
The boy -- who police on Monday identified as Kenneth Haynes Jr., a student at Martin Elementary in Beaumont -- went with another family to Collier's Ferry Park in Beaumont where he drowned on Easter Sunday.
Victoria Sanchez was one of the mothers at the outing.
"The little boy had never celebrated Easter before we invited him along," says Sanchez.
Sanchez says the children were playing with squirt guns on the dock.
And, not long after an unimaginable tragedy unfolded.
"All I heard was oh my God help, and I ran there were several there before me and after me that jumped in as well," says Sanchez.
She says everything happened in an instant when Kenneth, who was affectionately called "Junior," fell off the dock.
First responders searched for the child for more than three hours.
Beaumont police Officer Haley Morrow reminded residents to be careful around water.
"Be aware that these things happen and these things happen quickly," she said. "It's a very unfortunate circumstance for the family and for everyone who is out here and had to witness this tragic event."
Delton Marpoe, a 16-year-old Beaumont teen who invited Kenneth to the park, also tried to save his friend's life.
"I was on the bottom looking for him," said Marpoe, who is also the boy's neighbor. "I’m swimming all over."
Marpoe and Sanchez says their families tried to do everything they could to save Kenneth's life.
"It could have been any of our kids. We have two 7-year-olds," says Sanchez. "My heart just goes out to the parents. I couldn't imagine it being mine.”
Sanchez says every moment with your children is precious.
"Hug your children, don't let them go, don't let them go," she said.
Marpoe remembered his friend Junior by carving onto a tree near, where his family had their outing on Easter Sunday.
The carving reads: R.I.P Jr.
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