Boston Police: Drowning Death Of 7-Year-Old At Carson Beach Accidental, No Foul Play Suspected

Boston Police said Friday that the drowning death of 7-year-old Kyzr Willis at a city-run summer camp in South Boston was accidental.

Willis was attending a camp run by the Curley Community Center on Tuesday when he wandered away from the camp. His body was then found in the water near Carson Beach on Tuesday evening.

Kyzr Willis (Courtesy of Boston Police)
Kyzr Willis (Courtesy of Boston Police)

During a press conference Friday afternoon, Boston Police presented a preliminary timeline pieced together using phone calls and eyewitness reports.

Police say Willis was seen walking toward the L Street Bathhouse in South Boston around 2:15 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

Camp officials started searching for Willis at 2:30 p.m. after Willis' brother found only Kyzr's clothes in the bathhouse.

The camp's director called 911 approximately 20 minutes later. State police, helicopters and the Coast Guard then joined the search.

Boston Police Commissioner Bill Evans said Quincy Harbor Patrol used sonar and located Willis' body just offshore at 6:35 p.m.

Evans said no foul play is suspected and that Willis' death appears to be a tragic accident. The police commissioner also said police have no knowledge on how Willis got into the water.

The director of the Curley Community Center is currently on paid leave while police investigate.

Commissioner Evans said the director is not being looked at in the investigation.



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