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Public memorial planned for flood wash victim

Public memorial planned for flood wash victim

By Molly Waldron. CREATED Aug 29, 2012

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A memorial open to the public is planned this Saturday for William Mootz, the teen who died last week after falling in a flood channel.

The event will take place at the Plaza Hotel and Casino ballroom. Doors open at 9:15 and the memorial is set to take place from 10 a.m. to noon.

Those attending are asked to wear blue, which was William's favorite color.

Boy Scouts and military members are expected to attend.

William drowned last Wednesday when he fell into the Pittman Wash in Henderson. Authorities, family and friends launched a search, which ended Friday morning when William's body was found in a wetland area near Sam Boyd Stadium.

The Clark County Coroner's Office said William died of drowning and blunt force trauma.

A vigil was held over the weekend at Green Valley High School, where Mootz would have started his senior year. Administrators gave William's family an honorary diploma, naming him the first graduate of the 2013 class.

William's classmates began school Monday, wearing blue and tying ribbons in their hair in honor of his memory.