It's been almost a week since 11-year-old Isaiah Ty-Ray Griffin drowned in Lake Manawa. Isaiah’s mother Angela Griffin talked only with Channel Six reporter Lauren Squires about strength and faith in this difficult time.
Just like she began our interview with a prayer, Angela Griffin has been using her faith to help understand the loss of her son.
“We've just been through so much, going from here to there,” said Griffin.
Isaiah Ty-Ray Griffin has been living at Open Door Mission with his mother since April. Over the past two months she says the artistic, creative and fish loving boy developed a faith.
“When he prayed you could tell that going to prayer and devotion in the morning was really making a difference with him,” said Griffin.
Counselors tell his mom he was setting an example for other kids. Last Wednesday, while with the Open Door Mission's Bible Day Camp, Isaiah went missing.
“She said Isaiah went under the water. She said a kid said they didn't see him anywhere. They said 5 minutes,” said Griffin.
He was rushed to the hospital. Angela was not far behind.
“When we were going to the hospital she said they did CPR and he had a faint pulse but he was spitting up water. So I was hopeful,” said Griffin.
But when she got to the hospital and was greeted by the chaplain, she knew something was wrong.
“She said we're not going to get him back,” said Griffin.
As they tried to revive him, she prayed he would pull through.
“In my mind I was saying 'your will not mine', but I couldn't say it out loud,” said Griffin.
Just a few days later, Griffin isn't blaming anyone. Instead she and her daughter are finding strength in god.
“No one can do anything, god is control of everything,” said Griffin.
Isaiah’s sister tells WOWT his favorite color was red because of the Power Rangers. That's why they are handing out these red bracelets with his name and favorite bible verse.
A celebration of life ceremony is set for Friday, June 15th at 11:00 am at Open Door Mission’s Chapel. That’s located at 2705 N. 20th St. in Omaha. It is open to the public and anyone is invited to attend and pray with the family.
Any memorial gifts for the family can be made at any American National Bank location, to Isaiah T. Griffin. They can also be dropped off at Open Door Mission.
We also talked with Open Door Mission CEO Candace Gregory about the tragedy. She tells WOWT that camp resumed Tuesday. But she says they won't be doing anymore swimming activities this summer. As for the incident at Lake Manawa she says everyone did what they were trained to do and that staff were scattered through out the water.
“We have 11 camp counselors. Everyone was doing what they needed to do. And unfortunately even when you do everything you need to do, and everything right, things can go wrong,” said Gregory.
Gregory says they are in the process of re-evaluating their procedures. In the meantime she is grateful for the outpouring of prayers and support.