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Baltimore County Police identify 15-year-old boy who drowned in Towson pool

Baltimore County Police on Tuesday identified the teen who drowned in a Towson pool as 15-year-old Jayden Mejia.

Mejia was pronounced dead by Monday evening, police said. Police released his name on Twitter on Monday night but later deleted the post. They did not comment on the deleted tweet late Monday evening other than to say it was accurate.

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The teen was found around 9:35 p.m. in a pool at Merritt Clubs Towson at the 8700 block of Mylander Lane on Saturday and was taken to a hospital, police said. Trae Corbin, a police spokesperson, said Sunday that officers received a call for a potential drowning and that it “does not appear this incident took place during the operational hours of the pool.”

Donyel Cerceo, marketing director of Merritt Clubs, said the incident was a trespassing event at the Towson club’s outdoor pool after hours, which resulted in a “tragic loss of life.”

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Mejia was a sophomore at Loch Raven High School. In a letter to parents, Principal Janine Holmes described Mejia as beloved.

“He was a smart and ambitious young man,” she wrote. “This unexpected and tragic news has been very upsetting to many of our students and staff.”

Holmes encouraged parents to talk to their children about the loss of their classmate and expressed sympathy for Mejia’s family.

Family members created a GoFundMe to Mejia’s burial expenses this week. About $1,300 out of a $15,000 goal had been raised as of Thursday afternoon. According to the fundraiser description, Mejia’s family relocated from New York City to the Baltimore area less than a year ago.

“Jayden was a warm, kind and bright soul who lit up the room with his vibrant energy and made his family and friends laugh with his silly and joking demeanor,” organizer Pauline Santos wrote in a description. Santos wrote that Mejia loved watching anime and playing games on his Xbox, caring for his pets and spending time with his siblings. He dreamed of joining the military after graduation, Santos wrote.


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