On Wednesday, city official placed the director of the Curley Community Center on paid administrative leave after the tragic death of Kyzr Willis, 7 who attended a summer day camp at the center.
On Tuesday, a massive four hour search by Boston Police and Massachusetts State Police ended tragically with the discovery of the missing 7 year-old boy’s body in the water around 7pm.
Willis was last seen around 2:15pm at the beach at the Curley Community Center. A 911 call was made roughly a half hour later. The center was closed on Wednesday while police investigated. The center is back open for adults, however the drop-in day camp run by Boston Centers for Youth & Families is still closed.
According to the Boston Globe, on the day of the fatal drowning, 56 children attended the camp. It was supervised by 25 teenage counselors, two supervisors, and the director of the Curley Community Center. Also on duty were eight lifeguards with at least two assigned to the camp beach. Mayor Marty Walsh described the camp as a “drop-in” program meaning it is not subject to the same regulations as other city camps.
Boston police is still actively investigating and trying to piece together the timeline of Tuesday’s events.
Mayor Marty Walsh released the following statement on Tuesday:
“The City of Boston is devastated to learn of the tragic loss of Kyzr Willis, and I will be working closely with Boston Centers for Youth and Families and the Boston Police Department until we know exactly what happened. My heart is broken for the Willis family and my thoughts and prayers will be with them.”