Texarkana Pool Accident Victim's Family Talks to KSLA News 12 - KSLA News 12 Shreveport, Louisiana News Weather & Sports

Texarkana Pool Accident Victim's Family Talks to KSLA News 12

We're learning more about what happened the day 15-year-old Charles "Ziggy" Matthews, was pulled from the bottom of a Texarkana apartment pool with a head injury.

His stepfather, Dariel Phillips says you could not have met a better person. "Ziggy was a outgoing very kind and loving person just kind of got along with everybody…" Phillips says.

Matthews was pulled from the pool in the Fox Creek Apartments last Thursday. He was taken to a Little Rock hospital where he remained in critical condition until his death Monday morning.

"It is definitely a tough pill to swallow. A lot of grieving and mourning inside my family," Phillips tells KSLA News 12.

Charles Matthews was at the pool with his grandmother and three younger siblings. Phillips said his stepson could swim, but was not a fluent swimmer.

"It's very clear that ziggy did not jump into the pool when this happened. He had not been in the pool 3-4 minutes because he went straight from the three feet on out to the deep end."

Dariel Phillips says those in the pool with "Ziggy" could swim, but were either too small or not strong enough to pull the teen out.

"They tried, but it was nothing they could do."

And that's when Immanuel Johnson ran from a neighboring complex and pulled him out. Johnson's fiancé Michelle Morgan administered CPR. Dariel Phillips says he's grateful for them. "I really want to get to know them better and embrace them as an angel...a sent angel."

Charles Matthews was a student at Texarkana Arkansas High School.

A memorial fund has been set up to help the family to cover funeral costs, and other costs associated with the tragedy. If you would like to donate, you can go to any Wells Fargo bank and make your donation to the Charles Matthews Memorial account.

There will be a wake Monday from 5-7 p.m. at The Gate for the Sheep Tabernacle, No. 20 Pleasant St., Texarkana, Arkansas.

His funeral is scheduled for Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. at Mt. Grove Baptist Church, 2801 Arkansas Blvd. in Texarkana, Arkansas.

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