PIKE COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) – A school is mourning the loss of a 7-year-old boy who drowned in a swimming pool earlier this week.
Tuesday evening, emergency crews were called to a home on Cedar Hill Drive about a possible drowning. The boy, Landon Bramlett, was taken to a Pikeville hospital where he was pronounced dead,
Principal Phillip Birchfield says the 1st grader recently started classes at Mullins Elementary, but quickly made an impact.
"First it's shock, because anytime someone tragically passes, no matter what age, you're shocked,” Birchfield said, “but when it's a little one, when it's one that's just 7 years old in 1st grade, it's even more shocking."
"They took him right in, he became one of us the first day he came," said Birchfield. "The students in a quick amount of time grew to love him and he grew to love Mullins. He had a lot of friends in the short amount of time he was here."
Now, Birchfield says their school is trying to come to grips with the reality that that short time was all they had. He says, "You can feel it, the sense of uneasy sadness in the building today and that question of, Why?"
Teachers and counselors are working to help and comfort students as they ask those questions.
Bramlett’s visitation is from 12 to 7 Friday at Kraft Funeral Service in New Albany, Indiana.
His funeral service will follow at the Kraft Charlestown Road Chapel.
Pikeville Police continue to investigate what happened.