Investigators identify boy who drowned at back-to-school party in north Wichita

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WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – An 8-year-old Wichita boy is dead after drowning at a home swimming pool during a party. Police were called around 7:20 p.m. Friday to a home and found Lucas Kindrick unresponsive.

Emergency workers performed lifesaving measures but Lucas was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say Lucas was at the home for a back-to-school party.

Police say the investigation is ongoing.

His grandmother, Carroll Eakin, said they had a one-of-a-kind relationship.

“He was born two pounds, one ounce so he is also our miracle baby and pretty much since he came home from the hospital, he has been here every Friday. For eight years, he has been coming here, and we do fun things,” said Eakin.

Lucas loved his parents, siblings and his dog, but if there is one thing Eakin says he enjoyed the most is hanging out a home and watching YouTube videos with grandma.

“I will miss how we would always sit on the couch, and he would slide right almost on me and make me put my arm up around him.”

He was very active in school and enjoyed going to the park and jumping on the trampoline.

“In fact, we had that discussion last night. He wanted to go to the park, and I said, well, we will probably make it happen today, so obviously, that was not what was meant to happen,” Eakin said.

Kindrick was a happy kid whose life was taken far too soon his grandmother says.

“He did not do anything wrong. Nobody did anything wrong. Something happened, and we don’t know.”

It is why she would like to remind the public to watch out for their young ones and let them know they are loved multiple times a day.

“Hug him again and tell him I love him.”

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