Family says final goodbye to Darlington drowning victim

Justin McKay (Source: The McKay Family)
Justin McKay (Source: The McKay Family)

Darlington, SC - DARLINGTON, SC (WMBF) - A 13-year-old whose body was found at the bottom of a public swimming pool in Darlington on Saturday has been laid to rest by family members.

Funeral services for Justin Lee McKay, 14, of Darlington, were held Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Glorious Apostolic Holiness Church, as investigators continue to rule out how the boy drowned.

McKay was found at the bottom of the Darlington City Pool on Saturday around 3 p.m., alongside a second child, identified as Timquan McAllister, 13, also of Darlington. The bodies of the two teens were spotted when a senior lifeguard evacuated the pool because of inclement weather.

Following rescue attempts by lifeguards, the two swimmers were transported to an area hospital. McKay was declared dead by the Darlington County Coroner's Office shortly after arriving to a Florence hospital.

The 14-year-old was born in Florence to Aleca Denise McKay and Robbie Lee Lyde. At the time of his death, McKay was a 7th grade student at Darlington Junior High School and attended the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness in Darlington.

McAllister was later pronounced dead at 8 a.m. Wednesday, following a short stint on life support. Darlington County Coroner Todd Hardee said he was being kept on life support as doctors prepared to donate the child's organs.

The Darlington County Coroner's Office requested an investigation into the incident from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and the Darlington County Sheriff's Office, as a matter of standard procedure.

The results of the investigation have not been released.

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