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Kalif Omar Richardson drowns in Laurel pond

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Rescuers spent Tuesday night searching the small pond for the drowning victim. Photo: ABC

Rescue crews in Prince George's County have found the body of a man who drowned in a pond in Laurel Tuesday night.

The victim has been identified as Kalif Omar Richardson, 21, according to Prince George's County spokesperson Julie Parker. An autopsy will be run Wednesday morning.

Malika Hackley went to high school with Richardson. She says he had a great sense of humor and an interest in engineering. He was also a dedicated father.

“It just really hurts my heart that his baby will have to grow up without him,” she says. “I just want to send out my prayers to his family.”

Prince George’s Fire officials say Richardson was seen going into the pond in the 13000 block of Old Stage Coach Road, but no one saw him resurface.

Firefighters, medics and technical rescue units were called to the scene, officials said. A helicopter flew above using their infrared equipment and high-powered lights in hopes of pinpointing a location of the teen.

Officials say that Richardson was found in about five feet of water.

After a 80-minute search, at 10:20 p.m., Richardson was found at the bottom of the pond. The PGFD spokesperson said CPR was being administered, but Richardson was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

“He was a real good guy. Real good guy,” says friend Donald Fleming. “Wouldn't hurt a fly.”

The Prince George's County Police Department is conducting an investigation.

Some who live here say they have long viewed the pond as unsafe.

“I think it's negligent that they don’t have that area fenced off. It should've been fenced off,” says Ronald Sumner, a Laurel resident.

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