Community to host event to honor 11-year-old electrocuted in a Lexington pool

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LEXINGTON -- Family and friends of an 11-year-old girl who was electrocuted in a Lexington pool last summer plan to honor her memory with a community event Saturday at Central Davidson High School.

“We wanted to make sure that we honored Lauren in a way that was appropriate,” said family friend Annette Conrad. “When we talked to Lauren’s family, the message we got was that she loved to play.”

Lauren’s Play Day will feature food, music, games and more at the high school, located at 2747 N.C. 47, in Lexington.

“We felt like what better way to bring her family, her friends and the entire community together,” Conrad said.

Lauren Cecil died last July at the Brookside Swim Club in Lexington.

A power line adjacent to the pool snapped and sent an electric current into the pool, killing the 11-year-old after she grabbed a metal ladder to lift herself out of the water.

Saturday’s event costs $5 for children between the ages of 3 to 18. It’s free for adults and children 2 years old and younger.

Organizers say the money collected benefits Lauren’s Ladder (, a non-profit organization created in honor of Lauren.

The event will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.