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Drowning victim's family speaks

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A south Georgia family says they can't afford a proper burial for a little boy who drowned. Nine-year old Jakob Peters died in a pond near his Terrell County home Thursday night.

Loved ones are mourning and hoping for help to pay for a funeral. They're asking for the community's assistance.

They say it will cost about $3,500 to lay Jakob Peters to rest, and that's money they don't have. Peters will always be a fond memory in the minds of his friends and family.

"He was such a sweet little man and so full of life,"said his aunt, Pam Hewitt. "I think about Jay Jay as a ray of sunshine and that's how I will remember him."

Hewitt says Jakob, went to a private pond with his brother and sister off Old Miller road around 8:00 p.m. It's down the street from where they live on Tammy Lane road.

Hewitt says Jakob's brother threw a stick towards him. He tried to catch it while he was standing near the ledge. That's when he fell into the water. Jay Jay's aunt says the area he fell into may have been deeper than the rest of the pond.

Jakob's sister and brother ran home to tell their other siblings. By the time they returned to the pond, he had already drowned.

Dawson police and rescue crews spent several hours searching for Jakob Thursday night.

Jakob's mom and dad are still too shaken to talk to us about their son. They say they appreciate everyone who's come by to pay their respects in hugs and on paper including his third grad teacher Blake Paul who says Jakob was selfless.

"If anyone needed paper or a pencil or snacks he was the first one to jump up and share," said Paul. "He always wanted everybody else to be happy."

The private pond where the Peters were playing belonged to Dawson's city manager, Barney Parnacott. He's says it's a tragic situation and his prayers are with the family.

If you'd like to help the family cover funeral costs, you can send donations to: Johnson & Son Funeral home: 249 South Main Street, Dawson, GA 39842-1427. (229) 995-4662