Randez Brown, 11, died after jumping into a North Carolina creek to save the life of his 7-year-old sister Samiyah Brown who had accidentally slipped into deep water, reports WSOC TV.
Samiyah is listed in critical condition.
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Witnesses said there were six children between the ages of six and 11 playing in the creek behind Marie G. Davis Middle School Thursday night.
They had apparently gone through a break in the fence and into a tunnel where there was deep water.
The children reported that Samiyah went under and then her brother went after her trying to save her.
“I wasn’t expecting any of this to happen,” said Keyna Ricks, who witnessed the incident.
Ricks was at basketball practice at Davis Middle School with her son when children who were soaking wet ran to her saying they needed help.
Ricks called 911 but it was too late.
When rescue workers arrived, Randez was already dead and Samiyah was barely alive.
The Brown family needs help with funeral costs and their church is collecting donations on their behalf.
The information is below:
One Way Baptist Church, Pastor Barrington Johnson
3501 Tuckaseegee Rd.
Charlotte, N.C. 28208