NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH)-- A community mourns the loss of a little boy, whose body was pulled from the water in New London, Thursday. Friday night, a candlelight vigil was held, as police continue to investigate, and people ask how this could have happened.
News 8 has learned there are lifeguards at the Greens Harbor Beach, but during the week they go off-duty at 5 PM.
A growing memorial now includes a baseball glove and ball, a token of remembrance from a friend who was with 6-year-old Anthony Bernoudy on the day he died.
"We played baseball together. I always versed his team. And we had lots of fun," said Jontaye, a friend.
People came together on Friday night to comfort one another and remember a little boy that everyone says was a remarkable child.
"He always called me Mr. Steve. He was a good kid, that's all. Played baseball , played boxing, hockey," said Steve Sebastain, New London.
At the memorial, tears were shed and people wondered why a little boy would be taken from them so soon. Some questioned the safety of the beach.
The director of the recreation department in New London says every day when the lifeguard goes off duty assignment goes up. Police were there all day on Friday. The beach is scheduled to reopen on Saturday morning.
No life guard was on duty at the time Anthony was reported missing. Lifeguards are here from 9 until 5 on weekdays, and 10 to 6 on weekends.
"What they do is inform all the people on the beach that they're leaving," said Tommie.
According to police, Anthony was with his grandmother before he went missing. How he got in the water may never be known.
Friends say they will remember him as a smiling, happy boy who simply loved life.
"He was really fun. He was my friend for a long time, until he died," said Gigi Veltheim, New London. When asked if she's going to miss him, she said, "yeah, lots."
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