UPDATE: SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) — The water park where an Arkansas teenager drowned Thursday has issued a statement offering prayers to his family and pointing to the quick response of their water safety team and their efforts to save the boy’s life.

Our prayers are with this precious family as well as our first responders and leadership team at Splash Kingdom Shreveport, during this very difficult time.
Our initial investigation into this incident reveals that the water safety team responded to our guest within seconds and provided appropriate care while awaiting EMS. Responding police officers noted guest comments, praising the actions of our lifeguard team.
It is our understanding that an autopsy will be completed to aid in determining the cause of this tragic death.
Splash Kingdom is committed to maintaining the highest standards in water safety for all of our guests.
We continue to pray for this family during their time of great loss.


UPDATE: SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) A teenager who died after visiting a Shreveport water park Thursday afternoon has been named by the Caddo Parish Coroner’s office.

Kendall Williams, 13, of El Dorado, Arkansas, died just before 6 p.m. at Willis-Knighton South Medical Center, where he had been taken after being discovered face-down in a swimming pool at Splash Kingdom, at 5 p.m. in the 7600 block of West 70th Street.

An autopsy has been ordered at Ochsner LSU Health hospital.

ORIGINAL: SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – A teenaged boy drowned Thursday afternoon at a Shreveport water park, police confirm.

It happened just after 5 p.m. at Splash Kingdom, according to SPD Public Information Officer Christina Curtis. The boy reportedly went underwater and did not come back up. He was pulled from the water and CPR was performed, but he did not respond. He was taken to Willis Knighton South, where he was pronounced dead.

Curtis says an autopsy will be performed.