Teenage father drowned in canal says desperate search for son

The father of a teenager who drowned in the Seabreeze Canal last week said his son was supposed to be playing basketball with friends at the time.

wise Elias said Nassau Guardian Yesterday, when he heard something was wrong, he frantically went looking for his son.

Kennethley Elias, 13, drowned last Tuesday while swimming in a canal with friends, police said.

Wisly Elias said a friend came to him on Tuesday and told him something was wrong with his son.

“He didn’t want to tell me the truth,” said Elias.

“I said, ‘What’s wrong?

“He said, ‘I heard your son was injured.

“I said, ‘Where?

“But he said South Beach. Did you say South Beach? How did my son get into South Beach?”

Elias rushed to his son’s mother’s house and asked where the teen was.

She said Kenneth Lee played basketball.

Elias said he decided not to worry her about what he heard. Instead, he drove to the house of the boys his son used to play with, but they were no help.

He then drove to South Beach and searched the area for his son.


He stopped at the police station and asked if there was a report for his son.


“I went back to other children’s families and saw them,” he said.

“I asked them, ‘Where is my son?’

“I said, ‘Where’s my son?’

“Everyone look me in the eye. They were crying. They kept saying, ‘I’m sorry.’

“I said, ‘Don’t say sorry. I want to know where my son is.'”

Elias said he got angry and started screaming.

“I said, ‘How am I going to tell his mother where he is?’ staring into the eyes

“No one said anything.”

Finally, he returned to his son’s mother’s house. He eventually told her that he was worried that her son would die.

He said he saw a man in the garden of his house, ‘I said to him, ‘Boy, I can’t hold it anymore.

“People asked why. I said, ‘My son is dead.'”

Ultimately, Elias said he learned his son had died while swimming in the canals of Sea Breeze.

like brothers

Kennesly, a student at CH Reeves Middle School, is in ninth grade this semester, his father said.

He said the two were close even though they didn’t live together. They were texting and calling each other almost every day.

“This is my son,” he said. “This is my boy. I have a friend who said that my son and I are not like father and son, we are like brothers.

Elias struggles to face such a heavy loss. He’s not eating and he’s hesitant to answer calls or text messages because everyone wants to talk about his son, he said.

“I’m not going to see him anymore and he’s not coming back,” he said.

“It hurt me so much. He’s my heart.” Teenage father drowned in canal says desperate search for son

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