There is an outpouring of support from the community for the family of a little girl who drowned in a local hotel pool this past weekend.
For the first time, her family is speaking out.
Despite their grief, the family of 8-year-old Jamilath Kabba wants to thank the many people and organizations who are stepping up to help them.
The child’s mom told Spectrum News about this difficult time and how much the community’s help means to her.
“I want to say to the Boys & Girls Club, thank you very much, they helped, she was 5 years old [when] she started coming to the Boys & Girls Club,” said Isatu Tarawally, Jamilath’s mother.
Jamilath's sister and aunt, who were at the Residence Inn Marriott when she died, tell Spectrum News the family was there to celebrate Jamilath’s sibling’s 10th birthday.
No charges have been filed. Police are calling this a tragic accident.
The family wants to thank the first responders, the stranger who jumped in and pulled her from the pool, their church, the Muslim and African communities, the school and so many more.
“To all my family, thank you, all the community, African community, school district, the school, my Muslim community, to everybody, thank you for supporting me,” said Tarawally. “My baby was so happy that Saturday.”
Jamilath’s family said she was a truly happy little girl who loved to read and color, and when she walked into a room, she made everyone smile.
The Boys & Girls Club of Rochester has begun accepting donations for Jamilath's memorial services on the family's behalf. Donations can be brought to the Genesee Street location in Rochester, or made online in her memory. The center said all donations will go directly to the family.