Authorities confirmed that the 14-year-old Trenton boy rescued Sunday after he fell through ice has succumbed to his injuries.
According to officials, Zayquan Wheeler, was at Cadwalader Park Sunday afternoon playing basketball with a friend when the ball rolled onto the ice of the Delaware & Raritan Canal.
Police say Wheeler went to get the ball and fell through the ice-covered water sometime around 12:30 p.m.
The Trenton Fire Department rescue team responded to West Ward park, where they pulled the boy from the water. Emergency responders rushed Wheeler to Capital Health Regional Medical Center but he was later flown to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where he succumbed to his injuries.
Merrell Wheeler, Zayquan‘s brother, yesterday posted the following on his social media:
“I appreciate all of the loving support for my family in these difficult times. Unfortunately, I'm sorry to say my little brother Zayquan has passed away today after fighting for his life for over 24 hours.
His life is not to be mourned but celebrated. Zayquan's energy was like no other. He loved making people laugh, sports and was the best dancer."