Vigil honors boy who drowned at South Boston camp

BOSTON (WHDH) - Dozens attended a vigil at the Curley Community Center Tuesday evening to honor the life of 7-year-old Kyzr Willis.

At the vigil, Kyzr’s family thanked the community for their help and support.

“A lot of people didn’t know my nephew. Yet they came out and they looked for him,” said Kyzr’s uncle, John Baker. “We wanted to thank the BPD and the State Police for their search.”

At the end of Tuesday’s vigil, purple and green balloons were released into the sky in memory of Kyzr.

Kyzr was attending a drop-in summer program at the community center last week when he went missing. Hours later, rescuers found his body in the water and his death was ruled an accidental drowning.

In the wake of Kyzr’s death, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh established new rules at the city’s summer camps. New rules include an hourly headcount and children are required to wear life jackets when they are swimming.

A wake will be held for Kyzr on Wednesday.

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