The 7-year-old boy pulled unconscious from a murky, abandoned St. Paul apartment pool in late May died on Thursday morning at Gillette Children's Hospital.
Sher Kpor was reaching for a pair of flip flops when he fell in, and his 10-year-old brother went in after to rescue him. According to the police report, the brothers climbed the gate protecting the pool and Sher was trying to get a pair of flip flops in the pool when he accidentally fell in. The pool at the Princeton Place apartments was full of trash and had been unused for about a decade.
St. Paul Fire Marshal Steve Zaccard said two paramedics jumped in the water and pulled the boys out with help from firefighters. The water was so murky, it was difficult to see them at all, he added.
"We are so grateful to the community for the support and concern demonstrated for Sher. As you can imagine, this is a very hard time for all of us as a family. We ask that you would please respect our privacy as we deal with this complex and difficult situation. Sher's school has set up a fund to contribute toward funeral expenses. If any would like to contribute, they may do so at www.youcaring.com. Thank you for your support at this time," the family said in a statement.
The St. Paul Fire department announced last week that they are going to pump out abandoned pools as a life-saving measure, including the one at Princeton Place.
"We are not doing this as a service to pool owners," the St. Paul Fire Department said in a statement. "I'm sure that now we all recognize that an abandoned swimming pool with six feet of water in it is dangerous."