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The family of 19-year-old Georgia Southern University student Shomari Billings is seeking answers after he drowned at a Memorial Day pool party.

WSB-TV 2 reports Billings was in the water for 20 minutes before anyone noticed him. There were reportedly hundreds of people at the party but as one guest told WSB-TV 2, “it wasn’t that many people in the pool. it was just so much going on that people didn’t notice.”

Police arrived on the scene after receiving complaints about the party size; by this time, Billings had already been under the water too long. Responders attempted to resuscitate Billings before rushing him to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

During a vigil, Billings’ mother explained that she had been struggling to understand his death, saying, “I don’t know what hurts worse, me not having my child or me not knowing exactly what happened.”

A GoFundme has been set up to support the family.

 

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