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Hundreds gather at vigil for teenager who drowned in pool

July 10, 2018

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Over 200 people gathered in Connecticut to remember a 16-year-old boy who drowned in a city pool.

The Monday night vigil in Hartford for Jaevon Whyte follows the boy’s drowning last Tuesday when Whyte and about 20 other kids snuck into a pool closed during a heat wave. The Hartford Courant reports when the kids later ran away from the pool thinking the police were coming, leaving Whyte behind where he drowned.

Democratic Mayor Luke Bronin, who attended the vigil, says a surveillance system designed to monitor the pool broke during the heat wave, thus police did not respond to the pool until after Whyte was reported missing hours later.

Bronin previously said there has not been a strong set of policies and procedures for addressing surveillance system malfunctions.

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Information from: Hartford Courant, http://www.courant.com

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