Football Coach of One of the 3 Children Drowned in Coney Island Says 7-Year-Old was ‘Lovable’, ‘Excited’

September 15, 2022

The Brooklyn community mourning the tragic drowning deaths of three children, ages 7, 4 and 3 months, was further horrified when they learned the siblings may have been killed by their own mother. Allen McFarland was especially heartbroken to hear of the killings. He coached 7-year-old Zachary Merdy in football and remembered the little boy's excitable and loving nature fondly. He spoke with Inside Edition Digital’s Stephanie Officer about what the child was like.