Memphis teen drowns in apartment pool

(WMC-TV)  Paramedics worked frantically to save a young man who was found unresponsive in a South Memphis swimming pool Sunday afternoon.

Residents say the pool at the Cherokee Cabana Apartments was awaiting final inspection and closed to the public when the teen ignored no trespassing signs, jumped the fence and into the water.

L.C. Toombs, a resident, heard neighbors screaming and ran to help.

"We pulled him out he probably had been in there like a minute or two and we started CPR until the ambulance got here," said Toombs.

Paramedics also administered CPR then transported the victim to Delta Medical Center where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Reverend Marvin Stanley comforted the young man's mother who arrived just her son was being taken to the hospital.  Stanley was deeply affected by the incident

"And here I am a minister a man of God and I'm standing looking over a young man dying before me I mean it's a shame it should not have been," stated Stanley.

He sees the tragedy as a reflection on the city's lack of activities for young people.

"Memphis needs to invest money into these children, into summer programs. We've got a long hot summer and journey ahead of us.  We need to start investing in our future," Stanley said.

Neighbors say despite the locks and warnings, young people repeatedly break into the pool.  This time, a return to the pool was deadly.

The victim was identified by neighbors as Kendrick Davis, but that has not been confirmed by officials.

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