Family Remembers Drowning Victim

Family remembers the first grader who lost his life while out celebrating the Memorial Day weekend

By Christine Lee
|  Tuesday, May 28, 2013  |  Updated 11:50 PM CDT
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8-year-old Aaron Starks, drowned Monday evening at a public swimming area of Joe Pool Lake at Cedar Hill State Park in Grand Prairie.

Christine Lee, NBC 5 Grand Prairie Reporter

8-year-old Aaron Starks, drowned Monday evening at a public swimming area of Joe Pool Lake at Cedar Hill State Park in Grand Prairie.

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A first grader is remembered after he drowned while out with his family on Monday at Cedar Hill State Park.

Eight-year-old Aaron Starks was a first grader at Jay R. Thompson Elementary School in Mesquite. He drowned while out with his family on Memorial Day.

 "You have all these questions about what this, what that, as anybody would, but you just have to take it one day at a time. Some hours are better than others," said Aaron's aunt Terri Starks. “He was just always happy all the time. Just a very lovable person. Everybody called him 'little man' because he was short, and they just called him 'little man.'”

Aaron made quite an impression with the teachers. 

"From what I understand he was just a great all around kid, very considerate and helpful to others. I understand that he actually helped his little sister get into school every day and get to her class," said Laura Jobe, spokesperson for Mesquite ISD.

Aaron's older brother Romeo Ransom echoed the compliments. 

"He was a good kid, he didn't get in trouble,” Romeo said. “Always doing what he was supposed to do. Cleaned up his room, did his chores, always listened to his momma.”

"Everybody is just taking it in right now because you don't want to believe that something like that is going to happen to an eight-year-old boy," said Terri Starks.

Terri Stars said that those closest to Aaron need support and prayers.

Aaron leaves behind his parents and four siblings.

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