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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 friend

    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.

  • A girl

    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

  • Jeremy Trent Stanley

    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

    :(

  • TAMMY HAMMOND (MOM)

    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

  • Anna

    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.

  • quest12345

    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

  • jordan

    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

  • leslie kennedy

    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!!

  • Jamie E

    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

  • Mitchell

    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.

  • Bladenboro resident RDT

    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!

  • SLJ

    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

  • You are all in my prayers

    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.

  • Kaitlyn

    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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