Funeral for 2 drowned Gary boys set for Saturday

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GARY, Ind. (AP) — Funeral services for two Gary boys who drowned in a water-filled pit will be held Saturday.

Northwest Indiana media outlets report that Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson will speak Saturday at the services for 8-year-old Terrion Smith and 9-year-old Donel Smith.

A steady stream of mourners filed by the boys’ coffins Thursday during visitation at a funeral home decorated with floral arrangements designed to look like basketballs.

The boys drowned in a water-filled pit in Hobart on June 14. The pit has since been drained and filled.

A police report says Donel was trying to help Terrion when both boys drowned. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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