‘He Never Got Out’: 8-Year-Old Boy Drowns in Mission Valley Community Pool

The drowning happened during a party in a community pool at the Del Rio Apartments on Fenton Parkway

Family members held a food sale Monday to raise money for the funeral of an eight-year-old boy who drowned in a community pool over the weekend.

The drowning happened during a party at a pool at the Del Rio Apartments on Fenton Parkway near Rio San Diego Drive in San Diego's Mission Valley neighborhood, San Diego Police (SDPD) confirmed to NBC 7 San Diego. 

The boy's cousin identified him as Brandon Reynoso. 

"All we know is that he was in the pool, and he never got out," said Kimberly Merin. She said the family held a food sale to raise money and has also set up a GoFundMe for additional costs. 

Reports indicate the 8-year-old was found face down in the pool around 8 p.m. The pool is three and a half feet deep. Several kids said they saw something at the bottom of the pool, but didn't realize it was a person.

SDPD's Child Abuse Unit is investigating.

After the boy was removed from the pool Saturday, emergency crews performed CPR on the child in an attempt to revive him. 

Leen Alghamadi witnessed the tragedy.

"It made me feel very scared and like I should be more aware of people around me," she said. 

A sign on the pool's gate reads "Pool Closed. Sorry for the Inconvenience." Managers at the complex would not confirm if the sign was because of the drowning.

"It's horrible," resident Kathy Cosenza said, thinking of her own grandchild. "That's why it's like 24/7, your eyes on the child...because something could happen like that."

Irvine Company owns the property, but they told NBC 7 out of respect for the family, they're not talking about any future precautions or what exactly happened Saturday night. 

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