A 14-year-old boy who was pulled out of Lake Washington on Memorial Day died at Harborview Medical Center Tuesday morning.
Ryan Payne was an eighth-grader at Kenmore Middle School and played for Vikings Junior Football, said his mother, Heather Moran. He was excited to start football season and had “a huge heart,” she said. Payne is also survived by his father, Michael Payne, and 16-year-old sister, Rachael.
Payne was pulled out of Lake Washington on Monday after the Seattle Fire Department received reports that a teen was submerged near Magnuson Park around 2:20 p.m.
He was taken to Seattle Children’s hospital, then Harborview, where hospital spokeswoman Susan Gregg said he died Tuesday morning. The King County Medical Examiner’s Office said Wednesday that he died of drowning.
In a district email, Kenmore Middle School Principal Bryan Stutz said Payne’s loss was felt deeply by his peers.
“He brought an exuberant presence that seemed to attract friends new and old,” Stutz said. “Ryan’s desire to help others was evident on a daily basis, and our school community was better because of it.”
Payne planned to attend Inglemoor High School in the fall. There, he hoped to play football with a group of friends who had been his teammates for years, Stutz said.
Kenmore Middle School will have counselors available for students Wednesday. Northshore School District spokeswoman Lisa Youngblood Hall said the district would provide further services as needed.
A family friend set up a GoFundMe to help Moran with medical and funeral costs. Payne’s family also hopes to create a scholarship in his memory.