Community rallies to help family after tragedy

Three days after two children drowned at a Mid-South Lake the community is showing support to the families dealing with the devastating loss.

Investigators say 10 people were on a small fishing boat July 4th when it sank. 11-year-old Carnisha Banks and 10-year-Karlton Parker drowned that day.

On Saturday the community came together to remember the young lives lost and to comfort those grieving.

It was a chaotic and deadly day on the lake as the two small children, Carnisha Banks and Karlton Parker, drowned after the small johnboat they were on sank on Robco lake.

Shontrice Harris, Carnisha's mother, said that every one has been kind and showed endless support for her family.

Surrounded by her family and dear friends, Harris is thankful to have her faith and the support of others to lean on during this difficult time.

"God makes no mistakes. She's going to a better place," added Harris.

Cards made by Carnisha's friends at a local summer camp show the impact her 11-year-old daughter had on her peers and the people around her.

"I just want to remember Carnisha smiling and how she talked she was a very talkative person if she came in right now she's going to overtalk everybody," said Harris.

"Mohammed Sabeha works at Vance Grocery, heard about the drowning and remembered 10 year old Karlton Parker coming into his store.

"They used to come with their friends all the time no hard time no problems," said Sabeha.

He put a out a bucket for donations to the family.

Sabeha added, "it's for the community helping each other cause that's really what the family needs."

The community stepping up and helping the healing process.

Carnisha Banks' family does not blame anyone for the loss, they look at this as an accident and nothing more.

Her funeral is set for 1:30 Saturday at the Emmanuel Episcopal Center on St. Paul. There's no word on Karlton Parker's funeral arrangements.


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