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Neuse River drowning victims identified

Posted July 17, 2012
Updated July 19, 2012

— Raleigh police on Tuesday released the names of two children who drowned in the Neuse River Monday afternoon.

Cousins H'Katherine R'Com, 10, and John R'Com Nay, 7, were fishing with family members at the Old Milburnie Dam when Nay went out in the water around 4 p.m., went under and never resurfaced.

Police say R'Com tried to rescue the boy and got pulled under as well.

Nay's father and his 13-year-old niece tried rescuing the children, but the currents were too strong, police say.

Crews searched the river for about four hours until they discovered the children's bodies.

R'Com was a student at Brentwood Elementary School in Raleigh, according to a spokeswoman for the Wake County Public School System. Nay was a student at North Ridge Elementary School.

Police say they currently don't plan to file any charges.

Fishermen who frequent the river say the rushing water near the dam is too dangerous for swimmers.

In July 2008, two men, John Brian Taylor, 21, and Michael Patrick McDowell, 20, also drowned while swimming near the dam.


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  • Lightfoot3 Jul 19, 2012

    I see from an updated story that they were right at a dam. The waters around a dam can be quite treacherous.

  • US Born Jul 18, 2012

    God Bless these children and their families.

    But we must all be accountable for our own actions and those of our children. A family should not jump into legal actions against anyone due to their own negect.

  • alejram5 Jul 18, 2012

    This girl was my friend from school I feel sad about what happened to her and for all the people that are reading this please pray for that family.God Bless you H'Katherine Rcom

  • Lightfoot3 Jul 18, 2012

    "The only thing missing on the Neuse River near hwy 64 is the whitewater and it would be rated as a class V or greater." - pipcolt

    While I've never swam in the Neuse, from the pictures I've seen it wouldn't even begin to approach a class III. What makes it worse than any other river with current and rocks?

    "Should the state be forced to keep everyone off this river?" - RM24

    NO! The state shouldn't monitor and police all our rivers. Growing up, I've swam in various rivers and lakes, some more risky than others because of location. But it was always my responsibility, not the government's.

  • seven74215 Jul 18, 2012

    My sympathy for the families of this children.

    Now, at what point do you say that an area has enough warning signs, posted signs, etc. At some point individuals, parents and children, have to have some personal accountability for their own actions or the lack thereof.

    Parents and children, "Stay alert, stay alive"

  • Working4aLiving Jul 18, 2012

    "Police say they currently don't plan to file any charges" -- and who would they file them against, the Neuse River?

    I feel a great saddness for these children and may they rest in pearce. On the other hand...Folks, this legal action stuff needs to stop. If you parents take your children somewhere and an ACCIDENT occurs you have to assume the responiblity for your own actions. NO ONE makes you take your children anyway to swim or be entertained..you make that choice and you have to live with what happens. If you go the McDonalds and the coffee is cold you complain, if it's to hot and you spill it on yourself and get burned you sue! Stop blamming others. Law Suits are completely out of hand!

  • loflinbecky Jul 18, 2012

    Heartfelt sympathy to the parents. I wish you peace and comfort.

    Becky Loflin
    Marty's Mama

  • sssh.. whisper Jul 17, 2012

    Really sad story... May these kids RIP. sending prayers to their families.

  • cynicaljill Jul 17, 2012

    I love how certain people puts there two cents in and act like they were there and knew what was going on the entire time.

  • RM24 Jul 17, 2012

    "Police say they currently don't plan to file any charges" -- and who would they file them against, the Neuse River?
    July 17, 2012 4:53 p.m.
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    Ah, someone or the State of NC owns the property at this access point! That would be the target I assume if they were to sue.