Family speaks to Action News about teen who drowned
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A 13-year-old was taken by ambulance to a local hospital after he was discovered lifeless in an apartment complex swimming pool.
The family of Mikael Medrano told Action News the Cashman Middle School student was a strong swimmer and they have no idea what caused him to drown.
Late Sunday night, the family invited Action News to a candlelight memorial at the same pool where the 13-year-old was found, as they shared memories of his short life.
"I am so proud to say that I am his mother. He is such a special son," said Mikael's mother Navia.
Navia Thomas was a loss for words discussing the death of her son at the memorial.
Police said it was just after 11 p.m. Thursday night when Mikael was found unresponsive at the bottom of the apartment complex swimming pool, near Desert Inn and Nellis.
At the end of the night at the memorial, family members scrawled messages of love across balloons, before releasing them into the sky, hoping Mikael would be there to catch them.
They also took time to thank Roberto Reyes, a complete stranger who they said jumped in and pulled the 13-year-old from the water.
"I just wanted to give you a hug and say thank you so much. You didn't have to do that," said Navia to Roberto.
Navia said the teen had expressed interest in donating his organs, which is exactly what she did, and she's hoping she can spare another mother the pain she's living with.
If you're interested in helping with funeral expenses, go to any Wells Fargo bank and ask to donate to the Mikael Medrano Memorial Fund.