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Family of drowned teen can't afford funeral

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Teresa Brown Teresa Brown
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

An Albany family is asking for help to pay for the funeral of a teenager who drowned Sunday. 

Teresa Brown and her children can't believe they have to bury the youngest member of their family, 13 year-old Fred Brown, who went by Brady.

"He was the best son ever. He made everyone smile and laugh. He was always there looking after his Momma, taking care of me, making sure I was ok," said Brown.

She says her son, who attended Northside Elementary school, loved to ride bikes, hunt and fish.

"If he was here right now he would crack a joke just to make everybody laugh," said Brown.

Albany Police say Brady was fishing with his brother on Sunday when he slipped into a retention pond behind Georgia Pacific in the 400 block of Maxwell Road and drowned.

The sudden death has put the family in a financial bind as they plan Brady's funeral.

"I want him to have a great funeral. He deserves it. Any help I can get to give him that," said Brown.

She is getting some help from her employer, the Homerun Foods on Philema Road. They donated $800 and are currently accepting donations to give to Matthews funeral home.

And Brown is beyond grateful, saying every little bit helps.

The family needs $6,500 for the funeral.  Brown found out on Tuesday that Gillionville Baptist Church is donating $1,500.

The funeral is tentatively planned for Thursday at 11am at Matthews Funeral Home. The funeral home is located at 3206 Gillionville Rd. Albany, GA 31721. You can call them at (229) 435-5657.

You can drop off donations at Homerun Foods at 406 Philema Road in Albany.

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