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Georgia Southern Student Dies After Drowning At Pool Party

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Georgia Southern Student Dies After Drowning At Pool Party

Georgia Southern Student Dies After Drowning At Pool Party

What was supposed to be a fun day for folks at a Memorial Day weekend pool party on Georgia turned into a complete tragedy after a teen drowned to his death.

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According to Atlanta police spokeswoman Officer Stephanie Brown, the incident happened just before 8 p.m. Monday at The 500 apartments on Northside Circle. Officers were sent to the pool after receiving complaints of a large party but upon arrival, they noticed a 19-year-old male laying on the poolside unresponsive.

Now, what’s extremely shocking about this situation is that the party was filled with hundreds of people yet, witness told Channel 2 News that the teen was in the water for as long as 20 minutes before someone noticed him. Officials conducted CPR before taking him to a hospital but were unable to revive him. The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the teen as Shomari Billings. His heartbroken mother, Shelley Billings, who spoke to Channel 2 at a vigil held for her son Tuesday night, is now searching for answers.

“I don’t know what hurts worse — me not having my child or me not knowing exactly what happened,” she said. “I need to know if someone pushed him in the pool.”

According to a statement, the party was an unauthorized event and broke several rules, including the use of alcohol in the pool area. Now, the tenant who threw the party will have their lease terminated.

“Any residents responsible for planning or promoting this event have violated the terms of their lease and will have their lease terminated,” the apartment complex told Channel 2.

As of right now, an investigation is ongoing. A An investigation is ongoing. A GoFundMe was set up for his funeral costs, and it had raised over $900 as of Tuesday night.

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