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Uncle of boy found dead in Texas speaks out

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9-year-old Marcus McGee (Pearland Police Department) 9-year-old Marcus McGee (Pearland Police Department)

A Connecticut family is continuing to mourn the loss of a 9-year-old boy who went missing in Texas on Thanksgiving and was found dead a few days later.

On Wednesday, an uncle of Marcus McGhee spoke exclusively to Eyewitness News, sharing how his nephew will always be remembered.

"Even if I have bad days, when I see his smile, it's going to make me happy,” said Raymond Gaines, McGhee’s uncle.

He said he’s still in shock over the 9-year-old boy’s death, but said he’s thankful to those who searched for McGhee and prayed for his safe return.

Gaines said he had a bad feeling on the day his nephew went missing.

"When I woke up, I felt funny ... I had never felt that way before,” Gaines said. "Even a few days later when they found him, just before they found him, I had that feeling too."

McGhee attended Thanksgiving celebrations with his mom at their family’s home, right outside of Houston.

Authorities in Texas said he was discovered in a pond at the back of the house he was visiting.

Police said it appears the young boy fell in, and found himself in 8 feet of water.

Gaines said he’s still trying to process what happened, and said he felt helpless as he waited for his loved one to be found.

"It's a deep feeling that you can't explain, knowing, waiting, not knowing ... and hoping and guessing. It's rough,” Gaines said.

He’s now remembering McGhee for his big smile, and contagious energy.

Gaines said the 9-year-old loved Blue’s Clues and would listen to the show’s theme song on repeat.

He said McGhee would visit him all the time, and the boy loved running around in the backyard and being toted around in a wagon.

"He would pull me and pull me, I would ignore him and say my knee, my knee ... and then he would look at the wagon. The wagon was more important. He would sit there with his iPad, laughing and bouncing up and down and having fun,” Gaines said.

McGhee’s family is grateful to everyone who helped search for the boy and supported the family during an incredibly difficult time.

"He will be missed and we thank all of you for looking, taking your time ... we really appreciate it,” Gaines said.

Police in Texas said McGhee’s mother will return to Connecticut sometime in the next few days, with his body.

It is unclear when services will be held.

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