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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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A girl
2016 years 2 months ago

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

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Jeremy Trent Stanley
2016 years 2 months ago

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

:(

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TAMMY HAMMOND (MOM)
2016 years 2 months ago

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… Read more »

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Anna
2016 years 2 months ago

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… Read more »

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Kaitlyn
2016 years 2 months ago

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.

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