Authorities confirmed that a 5 year-old Model Elementary School student, Kaiden Franklin, died from drowning in Lake Allatoona on Saturday afternoon.
Reports said that witnesses told police that Franklin was playing on a float in the lake when at some point he fell off and went under. His body was recovered close to two hours later by using a side-scan sonar in approximately six feet of water.
Model Elementary posted the following Facebook post:
“Our deepest pain is having to share the passing of one of our own school babies. Our hearts are broken to have to share this news with our school family.
“Model family and friends, please keep the family of Kaiden Franklin in your thoughts and prayers. Our precious Kaiden just graduated kindergarten but passed away from a water accident yesterday at Lake Allatoona.
“Model community members are in the process of setting up a donation fund for the family in addition to a meal train. More information will be shared once available. Donations for the family may also be dropped off at Model Elementary this week. This has been shared with the family’s permission.
“We love you always, precious Kaiden!”