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Friends remember Kansas City teen who drowned in Hillsdale Lake

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The Miami County Sheriff’s Department says a 17-year-old boy has drowned at Hillsdale Lake. (Submitted) The Miami County Sheriff’s Department says a 17-year-old boy has drowned at Hillsdale Lake. (Submitted)
MARYSVILLE, KS (KCTV) -

The Miami County Sheriff’s Department says a 17-year-old boy has drowned at Hillsdale Lake.

The sheriff's office said Sunday the victim was Om Kee of Kansas City, MO. 

Kee spent a lot of time on these soccer fields as he navigated through his new life in Kansas City.

The global FC community embraced the teenager and his family from day one and has even more so these last few days.

"He was just that kid," said Mariya Goodbrake, his friend. "He was very humble. I think in a lot of ways he fought for the very simple things in life."

Goodbrake coached Kee and his family both through soccer and in life and says it's been clear since he arrived in Kansas City a year ago that he was special.

Kee and his family fled Burma over religious persecution and abuse at the hands of his father. The mother of five wanted her children to grow up in a safe environment, where they could flourish.  

They had next to nothing, but friends say the children were happy and grateful, especially Kee.

The teen has come to the beach with about a dozen of his friends.

It was clearly a sad day for them, which was made especially painful by a language barrier that dragged on for hours. It took time for the authorities to determine what language was being spoken. 

Shortly before 6 p.m. last Friday, the boys left the scene with their arms intertwined and their heads down. 

Investigators said that there is no suspicion of any mischief leading up to the incident, just fatigue that caused a swim at the beach on a hot day to turn deadly. 

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