Photo — Adriel Amorim
'A Little Angel': 3-year-old Boy Pulled From Pool on Mother's Day Dies
NEW BOSTON — The boy pulled unresponsive from a swimming pool during a Mother’s Day church gathering has died.
Adriano Amorim on Wednesday called his 3-year-old son Adriel “a little angel” as the family grieved, planned funeral services and tried to cope with the tragedy through the family’s strong faith.
The boy was attending a church gathering at the home of Mark and Andrea Howarth at 30 Foxberry Drive. He was found in the pool about 9 p.m. Sunday by his father.
“The first thing I did was, I went over to the boy,” Mark Howarth told NH1.com on Wednesday. “It was surreal. I touched him. My first instinct was to pray that everything would be alright.”
Bystanders, including Andrea Howarth, tried to resuscitate the boy before rescuers arrived.
The boy was part of a group of people associated with the Revival Church for the Nations, which has a presence at 188 Conant St., Manchester. Howarth and his wife Andrea are members of the church.
“It was a beautiful day,” he said, describing how the men of the church were cooking for the women. Children were playing soccer in a field nearby. His 16-year-old daughter played piano while children sang Christian songs. He said it brought tears to his eyes.
“I’m 60-years-old now,” he thought to himself. “This is just like a fairy tale.”
But the scene that turned tragic by the day’s end leaves lingering questions.
“Obviously as a matter of procedure, any time we have a death there is going to be an investigation,” said New Boston Police Chief James Brace. “We’re in the process of completing that at this time. At this point now it looks like a very tragic accident. We need to verify all the information before we issue a statement.”
Howarth said the people are the gathering still have many questions.
“The big question is, 'why?'”
He said there were about six adults and some teens in the pool at the time. He said the pool had no deep end and was constructed about 18 years ago. His first thought “is to fill in the pool with sand.” He said it is not used often. In the past it has served as a baptismal pool for about a dozen years by different churches that have approached him for permission to use it. He said about 20 people have been baptized there.
The Amorim family’s “faith is strong,” said his wife Andrea, who translated for the boy’s father, Adriano on Wednesday. Howarth said the family does not speak English.
“I believe that what happens in a man’s life might be good, it might be bad, but it happens under God’s permission,” he said to Howarth in Portuguese. “I know that (him) going through this deepest pain, and our family, too, I am 100 percent sure Adriel is in a better place than us.”
He called his son, “a little angel.”
“What comforts me is to know he is in good company of a God who has the power to give life and has the power to take life away at a time he decides.”
The GoFundMe page set up on behalf of the family passed its $10,000 mark in one day. Andrea Howarth said although the fund’s goal has been surpassed, they will continue to accept donations to help offset the family's anticipated upcoming hospital bills.
Howarth said she wants people to know the family is “receiving their support with gratitude.”
Services for Adriel are in the planning stage and details will be posted on the fund’s page.