Foreign exchange student found dead in pool

A death investigation is underway in southern Kentucky after a teenager is found dead in a swimming pool. The victim was a foreign exchange student from Ethiopia staying at the home of a prominent Pulaski County businessman.

Fasika Sibehatu had only been in this country for about a year. He attended Somerset Christian School and developed close bonds with the other students.

People are taking his drowning very hard, an accident still under investigation.

The 19-year-old student was staying with Somerset businessman Ward Correll, known throughout the community for his charitable giving. In fact, Correll donated land for both the Somersplash water park and the school Fasika attended.

Officials say the young man was swimming in Correll's pool when he drowned. Foul play is not suspected, but an autopsy will be performed Wednesday to see if a medical condition was a factor.

Fasika was a junior at his school and developed close bonds with many of the students. The principal says he excelled in math and science and the other students latched on to his culture.

“We’re a relatively small school, 120 students, 7th to 12th grade. Students are very accepting of new people, they were very accepting of Fasika. They were glad to have him here,” said Principal John Hale.

A memorial service at the school will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday and another is scheduled at First Baptist Church Wednesday evening.

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