Friends and family mourn drowning death of Cody Hammond
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A 15-year-old West Bladen High School student drowned Sunday afternoon, and on Monday, friends and family mourned his passing. Ken Hammond was overcome with emotion, struggling to accept the death of his 15-year-old son Cody. Friends said Cody and three other boys went for a swim in a reservoir next to Big Swamp Sunday afternoon. They were attempting to swim from an island in the middle, back to shore. But Cody Hammond didn't make it. “The loss hurts bad. I worry a whole lot about his dad, Ken. He's very close to me,” said Steve Thurman, Cody’s coach and teacher. Cody was a sophomore on the varsity baseball team at West Bladen. Friends and family said playing baseball was what Cody lived for. “He was the kind of person that just had a vision and once he locked onto it that was it; and baseball was it for him,” said family friend Russell Benson. “Win or lose, we always had a good time, we always had each other’s backs, on and off the ball field,” said Cody’s teammate Zachary Davenport. It took four water rescue teams about four hours to find Cody’s body. At his school, the flags flew at half-staff Monday. Classmates say he was an overall good guy. “He was the kind of kid that everyone knew. He was real real nice, always happy, always had a joke to tell you never really see him upset or anything,” said classmate Nicole Thompson. Friends said Cody knew how to swim, and had a pool in his backyard, but the distance the boys were swimming on Sunday seemed to pose a problem. Friends said another one of the boys needed help making it to shore, and when they turned back to look for Cody, he was under water.

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heyy babyy, I'm in class right now, but today is not a good day at all. All i can do is think of that smile that you always had and the way you used to always come to my locker and put your arms around me. you'd turn me around and kiss me and say " I LOVE YOU BABY!" i miss that cody. i miss every little thing about you. i still dont understand why you had to go. why it was you? not that i wish it was any of the other boys. i just want you back all of you. i wish i could snap my fingers and everything would be okk again. i just want my life back that had you in it. i've changed so much and i've isolated myself from everything almost it seems like. i'm trying to find myself, that girl i used to be with that was always happy, but i cant find her anymore. i look for you everywhere. i know it probably seems like i'm getting over you, but even though i dont cry and all that doesnt mean im not dying on the inside. i need you baby more than anything in this world and idk what to do anymore... i'd give anything just to talk to you... you still have my heart kendrick dakota hammond and NOBODY ever had what me and you had. nomatter if they went out with you or not. i had your heart and you HAVE mine. nobody got to see the side of cody that you let me see. you let your guard down for me and im so thankful for that. i lovers you wiff all my hearts baby. ;) i still miss you :( always and forever Meagan brooke
Dear Cody this Tanya i need to tell you how much you meant to me and still do. You were the one the one i knew would always be in our lives.Cody I know GOD needed you but everyday i wake up I wish that all this was just a horrible dream. I need u to know that i miss your smile the way you always fought for what you wanted and you always got it baby. I told you just show them what you got and they wouldnt be able to turn you down they didnt either baby even when people told you you would never make it you showed them Baby. I thank GOD for giving you to my family especially for Meagan you were the only one that knew just what to say to her to make it all ok and when she would cry just your touch and her tears were gone. Cody noboby will ever fill your boots. You are the one the one who my daughter gave her heart to and i know you gave yours to her. I had never seen such love between two people,but you and her had it.Thank You my Baby for giving that to her. I miss all our talks the way you looked at me pulling around that big old bag just the look in your eyes i always knew when you needed to talk. Thank you for the Honor of knowing you but most of all for loving you.You will always be The One . I LOVE AND MISS YOU CODY
Cody, schools back in and nothing's the same here anymore. I come to school, hoping and praying that the past 5 1/2 months have been a dream. A nightmare. But, its reality. Not only were you my first cousin, but you were almost a brother to me. I miss you so much, more than words can ever explain. Pine Ridge isn't Pine Ridge without you tearing up people's yards with your fourwheeler, and trying not to get caught. I know we argued a lot and stuff, but I love you so much. And, we will always be as close as we were when we were young. It's hard not seeing your face anymore, but I'll see you again someday. I love you.
I MISSS YOU SOOOO MUCH CODY!!! I LOVE U!!! Schools startin back....i dont want to be there knowin i will never see u there again...): ): ): ):
I have had the chance to get to know two of the guys that was with Cody on this awful day...Those of you that want to 'fine' anyone for the death of their best friend are SICK!!! There is no need to try and play God, and I hope that he heard your comments and only you will be able to answer for yourselfs on that day of final judgement. If you have negative comments I suggest you shut your mouth about these young gentlemen that have endured something that someone of this age should not have to endure. Its sad that we are such a small town but so quick to talk junk about the youth of our communities...... Thanks
Cody used to go to my church, Northside Baptist Church, with his aunt, Karen Bulter. He helped in church plays and in the parades. I miss him. Like everyone else said "He's in a better place", but alot of people won't be able to let go that he's gone and I'm one of those people. When Cody died, my teacher, Mrs. Nadine Tolar, died the day before he did. And when we went to school Monday, I had never seen as many people cry as I did that day. Sorrow because Mrs. Tolar died on that past Saturday and also because Cody died that past Sunday. I miss him. Alot of people that didn't even know him went to the setup for the funeral. I didn't go but it made me mad when my friends told me that alot of people that didn't even know him went to the setup. If Cody knew that he was going to drown at that pond, do you think he would have went swimming that night? I don't think so. And when people say that he deserved to died, NOBODY deserves to die. I miss him and I will never forget him. I MISS YOU, CODY. WE LOVE YOU.
Cody always had a smile on his face and always knew what to say to make you feel better. I can't comprehend why he didn't make it back to the island. He swam all the time at White Lake with me. Its UNBELIEVABLE. I love him to death and all the people that have negative things to say NEED TO SHUT UP. Nobody asked for this to happen, it was nobodies fault. So leave that alone. God wanted him in Heaven with him. May God rest his soul. MBS
Cody, You were a great kid. Everyone is gonna miss you. I cried when I found out you died. It was a hard time to find out that you had died. I am so sorry for the Hammonds family. I pray that you will get through this tradgic loss. I know how Cody was such a good kid. It's gonna be a downer to have him gone... R.I.P. Kendrick Dakota Hammonds. I love and miss you..Alot :(
FIRST OF ALL I LOVE MY SON VERY MUCH.GOD GAVE ME A GIFT FOR 15 1/2 YEARS.ITS VERY HARD TO DO THIS. MY SON LOVED BASEBALL,FOURWHEELING,MUDDING,SWIMMING,TEXTING GIRLS AND HIS MOM,DAD,FRIENDS AND FAMILY.THE DAY MY SON AND HIS CLOSE FRIENDS WENT SWIMMING WAS WHO CODY WAS. I WOULD NOT HAVE IT ANY OTHER WAY.I WANT TO THANK HUGH,ROBERT C.,AND LIKE I WOULD SAY THE OTHER ROBERT LOL I DONT KNOW WHO HE IS BUT I WANT TO THANK EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU BOYS FOR BEING WITH MY SON WHEN HE WENT TO HEAVEN THAT DAY.I SEE MY SON IN THOSE BOYS .AND I WILL CONTUINE SEEING HIM IN THEM.IF MY SON HAD TO TRESPASS TO GET TO HEAVEN IM GLAD HE DID . CODY YOU (WERE)ARE ONE AMAZING PERSON AND ONE LOVED CHILD.I MISS YOUR SMILE ,OH DID YOU HAVE A BEAUTIFUL SMILE.GOD HAS A WONDERFUL CHILD WITH HIM.HUGH I KNOW THIS IS HARD FOR YOU BUT THERE WILL COME A DAY THIS WILL GET BETTER,U WERE LIKE A BROTHER TO CODY,AND DONT EVER FORGET THAT.CARRY HIS SMILE WITH YOU IN WHAT EVER YOU DO ,CODY WOULD WANT YOU TO DO THAT.YOU WERE HIS HUGHBO (LOL) .THERE IS NOBODY TO BLAME FOR THIS ,CODY WAS CALLED HOME TO WATCH OVER US.SURE I MISS HIM ALOT AND AS DAYS GOES BY ITS GET HARDER BUT I JUST SEE HIM SMILING AS HE WOULD ALWAYS DO .TO HUGH,ROBERT C.,AND ROBERT THANK YOU GUYS FOR TRYING TO HELP CODY BUT GOD WANTED HIM AND THERE WAS NOTHING YOU GUYS COULD HAD DONE HE WAS IN GOD HANDS! TO THE PERSON OR PERSONS THAT BLAME THESE KIDS HE OR SHE HAS NO HEART. I HOPE YOU WILL GET ONE BEFORE ITS YOUR TIME TO GO .I JUST WONDERING IF THESE HEARTLESS PEOPLE WOULD FEEL THE SAME WAY IF THEIR CHILD HAD CHOSE TO SWIM THAT DAY TO GET TO HEAVEN.I WOULD LIKE TO THANK EVERYONE THAT GAVE THIER SUPPORT AND PRAYERS SUNDAY NIGHT AT THE SANDPIT AND AT GALEED CHURCH ,ESPECIALLY THE EMERGENCY RESPONSE PEOPLE ,PEOPLE I DIDNT KNOW BUT KNEW CODY AND THE THREE BOYS .I DIDNT KNOW HOW MUCH CODY HAD TOUCH SO MANY LIVES.WHAT A WONDERFUL GIFT MY SON GAVE ME , AND HE IS STILL GIVING ME BLESSING ! I LOVE YOU CODY HAMMOND ALWAYS AND FOREVER ,YOUR MAMA
Mr. Ken and Ms. Tammy my heart goes out to both of you in this very difficult time. I wish I had words that would ease your pain, but all I can do is pray for God to give you peace. Please know both of you are in our prayers. To all friends of Cody...Please do not beat yourself up over your decision to go swimming that day, Cody would not want you to. Rejoice instead for all the good times you shared with Cody. Remember his smile, his jokes, his laughter and his over all love for life. Take those things with you daily. Live your life the way Cody would have lived his. Follow in his footsteps and be a joy to others around you that need a smile. Make Cody proud. My prayers go out to all family and friends of Cody. May God give each of you strength to make it through the rough days ahead. May you find joy in remembering all the great times you shared with Cody. R.I.P Cody..you are forever loved and missed by all.
cody ima miss you it aint the same anymore and we had so much fun in class but youll always be in my heart everyday when i was feelin sad you always made me laugh you the bestest friend anyone can have and the people that said the negative comments thats disrespectful and you shuldnt have done it i love you cody and will see you again somedday
hey cody i miss you && not only do i miss you we all miss you always rode bikes together and we use to go swimming in my pool. you were the best bike mechanic i new =] we rode 4wheelers toghether & went muddin in butters. haha you remember tht day rob got stuck bc you told him tht he wouldnt to go right though it haha omg we always had a ball!!! && tht day we attempted to mix works and tin foil but we got the wrong kind of works haha man me you and blake hugh and rob always we have some kind of ileagle fun && dont get me started on baseball you were the best baseball player i new honest to god && you would have made it to tha pro's well cody youll always be with me && everybody i kno and you will be missed BUT never forgoten sincerly Jordan C. Hughes
u and ur grandma was my next door neighbor.. we grew up together, i remember the time we drove the bike into the pond... and when me u and rachel always hanged out.. i love u like a little brother, and i will miss u deeply!! R.I.P cody!!
Cody Man you gunna b missd, theres always guna b a empty spot for u, it jus dont seem rite, And whoever you are that put that they should take legal action?? whats wrng with you, these boys have enough to go through, if you were a real person y didnt u put ur name on ur comment??????? R.I.P Cody...save me a spot in heaven
The angels are always near to those who are grieving, to whisper to them that their loved ones are safe in the hand of God.
I have known this young man a long time he will be greatly missed.My thoughts an prayers go out to all of the families that this tragedy has affected.MAY GODS LOVE AND GRACE BE UPON ALL OF YOU.
I just dont understand how you could blame his friends that is sick. Grow up this is something they could not help. They are hurting enough without you making comments like this. Instead of you making these comments you should be on your knees praying for this family and friends of the family. Asking them is there anything you can do for them. It takes a heartless person to do what your doing i really hope and pray that you change and ask for the lord to forgive you. You are a sick person and if you go to church id like to know which one because if thats what your preacher preaches to you i wouldnt want to visit that one. Who are you to judge, there is only one judge and thats the man above. You really need help. My heart goes out to the family and friends, and for the friends thats was with Cody he knows in his heart you guys didnt have anything to do with this and thats all that matters. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. May god be with you all!
cody was not only a good friend or brave person. He was a great baseball player. I will miss you and so will everybody at BMS and WBHS. I will be praying for the family and friends of Kendrick Dakota Hammond...i love you
Cody I miss you already. I'm always gonna think of you. I haven't wore my face in 3 days just 4 u. and i cant believe im never gonna hear u say that again. Hope to see again one day. I LOVE && MISS U!!!! My heart is breaking rite now.
we love all of you and just like alot of others have said. no one is to blame for this. Cody was the kid in class that made EVERYYONE laugh. everyone loved him and they will continue to do so....To the Hammond family, all of you are in our thoughts and prayers. and to the boys that where there... we love all yall and yall know that if yall need anything at all yall can call one of us.. we love you and will keep on praying for yall love and prayers. ashley. courtney-nicole, && hayley
cody man i love you and i no hthat your in a better place i wont you back home so bad but i no you dont wont to come back down here your up there walking them steets of gold and you will tell me that u will be waiting for me to walk throw them gate with you and i no you will be on the other side waiting i love you cousin
Lets PRAY for Ken, Tammy, Friends & other Family members. This family needs us now. Please STOP posting negative comments. What if this was your Child, Friend or Family member? GLORY BE TO GOD.
Please pray for this Father, Mother, Friends & other Family Members. I DO NOT Think this is a time to blame anyone. Lets Pray for each other. We were not put on this earth to Judge anyone. Please stop the negative comments. Would you want someone to post a negative comment if this was your child?, friend or family members. GLORY BE TO GOD.
It is very unfair to place any blame for this tragedy on any of these young men. I was one of the first few personnel to arrive at the accident scene. What I witnessed that afternoon was a combination of heroic bravery, pure agony and overwhelming compassion. The bravery was dispayed by those who responded from the Bladenboro Fire Dept., Bladenboro Rescue Squad and the Bladen Co. Sheriff's Dept. to try to save Cody. Especially two members of the BFD, Nathan and Jeremy Dowless, who risked their own safety by entering the cold water to try to locate Cody. I witnessed first-hand the agony on the faces of Cody's friends as I questioned them about what happened and where they last saw Cody. I witnessed the sheer agony of a father when Ken arrived and realized what had occured. I would wish that pain on no man. It was that moment that I paused myself, in all the mayhem, to pray. Then I witnessed the overwhelming compassion of a small community as literally hundreds of people flocked to support this family. The members of Galeed Church also opened their doors for the family to await word of Cody being found. I would not have expected any less from this community. As one might say, "That's just how we do things around here". Lastly, the care, concern and compassion of the volunteers from at least four counties who came to aid in the search and rescue effort. These men and women were going to stay there until Cody was found, no questions asked. As I began, I will say again...there is no blame, there should be no shame. It is now time to do as I did on that grassy, sandhill on Sunday afternoon. We all need to pray.
I want to thank all the people (EMS, Fire, Police, Volunteers) ~ Everyone who helped with this awful tragedy. The community has sent so many condolences and prayers and been so supportive. This is something the boys and their families need so much. I think we often forget that the men and women that do this are affected as well. They are the ones that had to find Cody deal with the situation at hand. They have to be professional and comforting to us without putting their emotion and personal bonds in the mix. They keep their emotions together and keep the situation under control. That is not an easy job, especially with a death of a child so much loved. It takes a special kind of person that can do that. My heart goes to those who were there and the misfortune of having to go through this time after time. God Bless each of you. You were our strength in our time of need during this tragedy. GOd Bless and Thank you To see someone who knows nothing about the situation and blame CHILDREN for something that is beyond their comprehension, is just blind ignorance. Yes, they should not have been there, but, they could not have even fathomed the consequences at 14-15 years old. Kids are just into playing and living for moment. They do not see the dangers in life that we do. They do not have the experiences adults do and have. This has affected everyone here, so blaming these boys is going to get no where. There are people that are going to be blind and blame these boys for this tragedy. They are the ones that do not have see the guilt or anguish the boys go through everyday. In reality, they are blaming these boys and have no clue of ALL the damages. It is not just the awful death of Cody, but also the life changing experiences of three boys. This will change 4 families forever. Thank all of you for your support and prayers. They have meant so much to us. I pray for Cody's family and pray that God gives his family the comfort and strength to get through this.
Codyyy :( I love youu and miss youuu sooo much. Not a day will go by that I want ever thank about you. It's hard to except this. I love youuu sooo much. and just for you nobody wore there face the next day. We love you and miss you so much we can't wait to see you again.
I dont no who this is, but Cody use to tell me the same thing. I havent wore my face in 3 days. I miss em so much.
cody man i love you and i no hthat your in a better place i wont you back home so bad but i no you dont wont to come back down here your up there walking them steets of gold and you will tell me that u will be waiting for me to walk throw them gate with you and i no you will be on the other side waiting i love you cousin