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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – A family is in mourning tonight as two teenage brothers, pulled from the bottom of a hotel pool in Albany, have died.  Police say the two boys ended up in the deep end.  Guests pulled them from the bottom, but medical treatment could not save them.

A South Georgia bank has set up a fund to help the family pay for the teenagers' medical and funeral expenses. 

Lucie Beeley had the chance to work with the boys' mother, Diane Hall, as a volunteer with the Humane Society in Terrell County.  She says she's a wonderful person, and a wonderful mother, who now is suffering an unthinkable tragedy.

There was at least a glimmer of hope when 13-year old Justin Milledge and his 14-year old brother Marquis were pulled from the pool at the Regency Inn Sunday.  They were revived and flown to the Medical College of Georgia Children's Hospital in Augusta.  Sadly, both have now died.

"I was just horrified and sad and just couldn't believe it," said Lucie Beeley.  She knows the children's mother and says they were the apple of her eye.

Beeley said, "She's very proud of them and a very dedicated mother."

A mother who is now in the darkest depths of mourning.  "To lose two children is beyond tragic."  A tragedy that will also come with mounds of medical bills and funeral expenses.

Beeley, who is the Vice President at the Bank of Terrell, has set up a fund to help pay for those final expenses. 

She said, "The one thing that living in a small community does, we laugh together and cry together and come together when there's a tragedy and I'm hoping that the community will respond and realize that this was something out of the ordinary that occurred to this family and that they really need our support." 

Support during the most sensitive and devastating time of life.  Funeral plans are still being arranged for the two boys.  Grief counselors have been called in to Radium Springs Middle School to help students and teachers deal with the tragedy.

If you would like to help the family cover medical and funeral expenses for the brothers, you can donate to the Bank of Terrell or the Bank of Lee County, attention Milledge Donation Fund.

You can also mail in a donation. 

That address is:
Bank of Terrell
P.O. Box 389 Dawson, GA  39842
Attn:  Milledge Donation Fund

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