14-Year-Old Student With Autism Drowns in High School Pool
Rosario Gomez was pulled from the pool at Kennedy High School in Chicago in "extremely critical condition" and couldn't be revived.
A special needs student has died after he was pulled from the pool in his Chicago high school.
Rosario Israel Gomez was swimming during open pool period at Kennedy High School Wednesday when he went missing in the water.
The autistic 14-year-old was taken out of the pool before paramedics arrived to find him in "extremely critical" condition.
He is believed to have been under water for about two minutes.
Gomez was rushed to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
In a statement, Chicago Public Schools said they are conducting an investigation to determine how and why the tragedy occurred.
"The Chicago Public Schools family mourns the tragic loss of one of our students earlier today. Our condolences go out to the student's family, and our thoughts are with the entire Kennedy community. CPS is conducting a thorough investigation of the incident."
As the boy's family begins to grieve, one of his relatives has created a GoFundMe page to help offset costs of Rosario's funeral, as well as to pay tribute to his life.
"His autism was what made him strong, what made him unique. He loved trains, he loved taking the subway and going on trips," wrote his aunt, who questioned how such an unthinkable thing could have happened.
"We are all devastated and cannot understand how the place your child should feel safe... suddenly becomes the reason why he does not come home," the aunt continued. "Thank you for your thoughts and prayers, and may God bless all of you."
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