Family of teen drown victim thanks family of woman who died trying to save him

Family of teen drown victim thanks family of woman who died trying to save him

A tearful Labreesha Canady said her son Bryce drowned at Euclid Beach on Sunday while he was celebrating a friend's birthday. He was only 15-years-old.

She got the call shortly after 4 p.m. and went straight to Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital.

"When I got to the hospital I said Bryce you might not need me but I need you," Mrs. Canady said.

Bryce's friend Cristian Regaldo was there and saw him struggling and tried to help. Then 34-year-old Kelly Walker jumped right in and tried to save him.

"We turned around and Kelly was under and Bryce was just floating," said Cristian.

Walker also died. Bryce's parents are grief stricken but say they have a message for Walker's family.

"I can't thank her personally, but I would like to thank her family and give them my condolence because we are both grieving," said Deaundry Canady, Bryce's father.

As they grieve, they remember a boy who loved being a teenager and wasn't anxious to grow up.

"He had a pure heart. He was a sincere child, never a malicious intent," said Mrs. Canady.

There are no lifeguards at Euclid Beach and swimming is not recommended because of that. Signs warn against. The Cleveland Metroparks operates the beach and released the following statement:

"The park district continues to take action to monitor and review safety by posting signs that inform the public of safety considerations such as rip currents, drop-offs and water quality issues present at Euclid beach. It's important to note that this is an unguarded beach, and signs posted year-round clearly warn visitors that no lifeguards are present."

No one could save Bryce or Kelly that day. As painful as it is, Mrs. Canady is trying to come to terms with losing her son.

"I found myself saying only God is the taker of life so who am I to save him," said Mrs. Canady.

The 13-year-old son of Kelly Walker and friend of Bryce called 19 Action News and spoke with Lydia Esparra. He was at the park when Bryce and his mom died. He wanted to let everyone know his mom was a hero. She leaves behind three children.

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