Old Point Comfort Yacht Club

Community members saddened by one young boy's story packed the Bar Method Saturday for donation-based classes, leaving messages for a toddler who died after a kindergarten pool party.

"It's hard as a parent to really think about how devastating this could be to a family, " said Kathy Graulich, tearing up as she spoke. "I think everyone just really wants to support them as best they can through this tough time and let them know they love them."

On a board by the entrance to the studio, those that passed through left notes of support for the family.

Boy Nearly Drowns at Yacht Club

[DGO] Boy Nearly Drowns at Yacht Club

NBC 7's Dave Summers reports on a boy who was hospitalized Tuesday after nearly drowning at the San Diego Yacht Club. (Published Wednesday, June 10, 2015)

The owner of the studio, Allison McCurdy, said she does not personally know the family, but wanted to host several donation-based classes Saturday to help the family.

"A lot of our clients were there when it happened and or were effected directly by the loss of Will, " said McCurdy.

Graulich's three boys knew William, she said, and said they used to play t-ball together and spend time with the family.

"I think the entire community has really embraced the Abbott family and are hoping they can find some peace and comfort in the thoughts and prayers that are coming their way, " Graulich said.

On June 9, William was spotted face down in the pool. He was unconscious and blue when he was pulled from the water, a witness told NBC 7.

William was taken to the hospital in critical condition, and on Friday, his parents learned he wouldn’t wake up, according to a friend’s post to a GoFundMe page. He died that evening from brain injury due to resuscitated drowning, the medical examiner says.

His manner of death was an accident.

San Diego police are investigating how the drowning happened. Officers say the pool was full of kids, celebrating the end of the school year, but there was just one lifeguard on duty. William’s unconscious body was first spotted by someone other than the lifeguard.

The general manager of the yacht club said the business will be assisting local authorities to determine what happened.

McCurdy said she wanted the family to know that the community was here for them.

"We're a community that cares and if you need anything, let us know, because we're here and people will respond, " she said. "It doesn't matter if we know you or we don't, that's what community is about and Point Loma is a really, really great place for that."

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