BOISE -- A makeshift memorial dedicated to a 6-year-old boy who drowned in an apartment complex pool continues to grow Thursday.

In the small pavilion right next to the pool at Arbor Crossing, the tribute to Mohamed Hassan features stuffed animals, flowers, and a poster that reads, RIP. You will be missed.

Kids and adults stopped by throughout the day to sign the poster.

Right now the apartment pool is closed. The gate is tied off while police finish their investigation.

Hassanwas found in the pool Wednesday evening and was later pronounced dead at St. Luke's Regional Medical Center in Boise.

Officers are still investigating what happened. The Ada County Coroner has ruled the drowning an accident.

Neighbors continue to ask questions.

That's the shocker right now, because we don't understand why somebody didn't see that little boy in there, said Tiffany Cole who has lived in the apartment complex with her son for five years.

Cole says there were dozens of people in the pool area about the time this happened. She wonders if the murkiness of the water played a factor.

The water was really murky, so it's hard to even see, like when you put your hand in there, because they just opened it, said Cole. I don't know if it maybe hasn't cleared out after they put the chemicals in it, or whatever.


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Over at Flow Aquatics in Boise, Shannon Hamrick and her staff are hoping to prevent drowning accidents from happening.

The scariest thing is it's silent, said Hamrick. Everybody thinks that it's loud and you'll hear splashes and ripples, and it can happen in a heartbeat, and it's silent. You don't hear it, and then it's done.

She says you can't teach your child enough when it comes to water safety.

Obviously, you want it to be fun, because you want them to love swimming. You don't want to scare them, but you also want them to respect it, said Hamrick.

Hamrick and her staff have joined with thousands of other organizations to host an upcoming event designed to help prevent similar tragedies.

On Tuesday, June 18th, they'll combine forces to conduct the world's largest swimming lesson at 9 a.m. That's when an estimated 22,000 kids and adults from around the world will come together to raise awareness to the importance of teaching kids to learn how to swim.

They'll also try to set a world record for the largest swimming less. For more information on the worldwide swim lesson, click here.

Boisean Kelsey Stratton has had her kids in swim lessons since they were one.

I can't say enough how important it is to know how to swim, even if you don't plan on being a swimmer later on in life, said Stratton. You just need to know how to swim.

That's the same message Tiffany Cole has taught her 12-year-old son, Caleb. Cole says young Caleb knew Mohamed, and was there when they pulled his body from the pool.

It's hard; he was scared yesterday. He was really scared. He was telling me how he was nervous to go in the pool from now on, because somebody lost their life in there, said Cole.

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