Six kids, including a nine-year old, are charged after a 15-year-old Georgia boy drowns in a pond

The 15-year-old was dead for six days before police say they found his body

Katie Hawkinson
Friday 14 June 2024 16:32 BST
Zahmere Green pictured last month. Six children, ranging in age from nine to 17, have been charged in connection to his death.
Zahmere Green pictured last month. Six children, ranging in age from nine to 17, have been charged in connection to his death. (South Columbus Public Library)

Six children, ranging from seven to 17, have been arrested after their friend drowned in a Georgia pond, Columbus police announced.

Zahmere Greene, 15, was found dead in a retention pond near the Chattahoochee River on May 29 — but authorities say he drowned on May 23 and his death was not reported for nearly a week. Investigators say the kids involved witnessed his death.

An unnamed 11-year-old boy has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and concealing the death of another, police say. That boy is being held at the Regional Youth Detention Center.

Authorities have not said what led to the boy’s death.

Zahmere Green pictured last month. Six children, ranging in age from nine to 17, have been charged in connection with his death.
Zahmere Green pictured last month. Six children, ranging in age from nine to 17, have been charged in connection with his death. (South Columbus Public Library)
Zahmere Greene loved to dance and sing, his aunt tells The Independent
Zahmere Greene loved to dance and sing, his aunt tells The Independent (Courtesy of Rhea Vinson)

Rhea Vinson, Greene’s aunt, told The Independent her nephew had “a very vibrant spirit” and was always “the most positive person in the room.”

“He was my brother’s only biological son, and he looked like his twin... He loved to dance and sing, and make music,” Vinson told The Independent.

The South Columbus Public Library shared a post in Greene’s honor.

“Today we honor the life of one our young patrons, Zahmere Greene,” the page posted on June 1. “We have just learned of his tragic passing and are so saddened by this news.”

“Zahmere loved to come to the library and hang out with our staff,” the post continues. “He was a joy to be around, always had a smile on his face, and he loved talking about his future career goals although they changed every week.”

Shane Sano pictured in a booking photo. Georgia law says 17-year-olds are considered adults when criminally charged
Shane Sano pictured in a booking photo. Georgia law says 17-year-olds are considered adults when criminally charged (Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office)

Police also arrested 17-year-old Shane Sano with concealing a death in connection to the case. Sano is considered an adult under Georgia state law and is being held in Muscogee County Jail.

Two 11-year-olds, a 12-year-old and a nine-year-old were all charged with concealing a death as well. The four witnesses that police charged are now with their parents, police say.

This story was updated to include a statement from Rhea Vinson.

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