A memorial service will be held later this month for a Manchester High School student who drowned in the school's pool the day before Thanksgiving.
Investigators believe 14-year-old Malvrick Donkor was at the bottom of a pool for more than 15 minutes before someone spotted his lifeless body.
Malvrick, who arrived from Ghana, Africa, in March, had been taking part in a swim class when he was discovered in the deep end. He was rushed to Manchester Memorial Hospital where he died. The chief medical examiner's office ruled his death an accidental drowning.
A memorial service for Malvrick will be held at in the Manchester High School auditorium on Dec. 15 from 6 to 7 p.m., with a private viewing for his family and members of the Ghanaian community. At 7 p.m., a private viewing will be held for all other members of the public. The casket will be open, a letter to parents of Manchester High School students said.
At 8 p.m., the service will open to everyone with "a celebration of life" ceremony taking place right after in the high school cafeteria.
"As you know, this has been a difficult time for students, staff and those connected to Manchester High School, and I expect that saying goodbye to Malvrick will be extremely hard for his family, friends and fellow members of the MHS community," a letter to parents read. "If you decide that your children are going to attend the services, I would encourage parents to attend with them, particularly if this is the first significant loss your child has suffered or the first memorial service they have attended."
A collection fund to help the family pay for funeral costs has been set up at the Northeast Family Federal Credit Union. Checks should be made to Northeast Family FCU with a notation of "M Donkor" on the "for" line, the letter stated.
Checks, which can be made out anonymously, can also be sent to the Manchester High School, attention Matt Geary.
Since the incident, the Manchester High School swimming teacher is on indefinite paid administrative leave. He has not been charged with any crimes in this incident.
The pool has been closed until further notice.
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Friday, July 18 2014 3:26 PM EDT2014-07-18 19:26:33 GMT
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