Vigil held for 3-year-old drowning victim

HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) - Tuesday was the one-year anniversary of 3-year-old Jaelynn Hope McKinney drowning in her uncle's pool. The family remembered the young girl at a vigil and shared an important message.

"Jaelynn meant the world to us, and she is gone," said Cheryl McKinney, Jaelynn's grandmother. "If we can save one child today, one child, then every bit of this is all good."

Jaelynn's mother urges everyone to watch children closely when around water and to take ladders out of the pool when they're not being used.

With so many drowning deaths so far this year she wants people to take her advice.

"It happened to me and I live with it everyday and it never gets any easier and it's not going to get any easier for them either," said Rachel McKinney, Jaelynn's mother.

At exactly 7:23 p.m. candles were lit to remember Jaelynn, its the time one year ago Jaelynn lost her life.

"She's touched a lot of lives, I'm happy with that," said Rachel McKinney. "She turned out to be one heck of a little girl and I am very proud that I was her mother."

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