Drowning Victim's Family Speaks Out


By Andrew Reed

Shoshone, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) A small town in the Magic Valley is mourning over a drowning.

A 4-year-old girl died while swimming in the little wood river in Richfield.

The Lincoln County Sheriff says, the girl was out with her family and went missing.

Within minutes of her disappearance, she was pulled from the river and airlifted to St. Lukes Magic Valley.

That’s where she was later pronounced dead.

"God got an angel yesterday” said Adam Fackrell, Tammi’s Uncle.

4-year-old Tammi Fackrell loved every moment of life. She was excited to start kindergarten at north valley academy this fall.

On Sunday, she had a fun day in the water with her four siblings, and then all of a sudden tragedy struck.

"It's assumed that Tammi kind of freaked out when she heard the word snake and went to get out of the water and in the process fell and hit her head and knocking herself out. People turned around and she slipped underneath the water” said Fackrell.

Tammi was in the process of learning how to swim, it's unknown if she was wearing a floatation device.

"The four-year-old was on the bank playing and the mother was distracted momentarily and when she looked back the four-year-old was gone and they started looking and called 911” said Sheriff Kevin Ellis.

With such tragedy the Sheriff wants to remind citizens swimming in canal areas and the little wood river can be dangerous, there are no lifeguards."

"Especially now in the canals there is a lot of moss buildup, it's not a safe place to be in the water unless you're taking safety precautions and using floating devices” said Ellis.

The family is remembering Tammi as a beautiful child.

"I would appreciate the peoples respect and understanding during this time and give us time to put her to rest” said Fackrell.

The family set up a trust fund account for the funeral. Those wishing to contribute can at any farmers national bank location.

The account name is under Tamara or Tammi Fackrell.

The family is holding a service on Friday at 2pm., at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Richfield.

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