FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -

A 9-year-old boy drowned Monday in the water off Fort Lauderdale Beach.

Brandon Myrick was pulled from the ocean in the 800 block of Seabreeze Boulevard around 7 p.m.

Witnesses told Local 10 News they heard screaming and then saw the boy struggling in the water about 25 to 30 yards offshore. Police said Myrick's cousin, Raymond Brave, 21, lost sight of his cousin in the water. Brave tried to look for him but was unsuccessful.

Police said Brave flagged down an on-duty lifeguard who found Myrick in the water.

The boy was taken to Broward Health Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

On Tuesday loved ones set up a Go Fund Me page to help pay for Myrick's funeral, and reminisced about the lasting memory Myrick left on his family, friends and Tamarac Cougars teammates.

"Most of these kids played together for five years and built a bond. He would make you smile and he would make you cheer as he was sacking the quarterback, or ripping the ball out of the opposing teams hands. This boy was full of passion -- from doing great in school, never getting in trouble, loving his teammates, family and playing football."

Boy who drowned remembered at vigil

NOW, REPORTING LIVE, ANDREW PEREZ, LOCAL 10 NEWS. ANDREW, THANK YOU, NEW AT 11:00, TEAMMATES AND LOVED ONES RELEASED BALLOONS INTO THE SKY TO HONOR THE LIFE OF A A LITTLE BOY WHO DROWNED OFF THE COAST. HE WAS AT THE BEACH, ON LABOR DAY WITH HIS WENT ONE-YEAR-OLD COUSIN WHEN THE TRAGEDY OCCURRED. VICTOR OQUENDO REPORTS. IT WAS OVERWHELMING AT TIMES. BRANDON'S MOTHER HIS TEAMMATES AND CLOSEST FRIENDS TOGETHER FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE NINE-YEAR-OLD DIES MONDAY NIGHT. RELEASE YOUR BALLOONS. EVERY NINE-YEAR-OLD HAS THEIR GOOD DAYS AND BAD DAYS I NEVER SAW BRANDON HAVE A BAD DIE. HE PLAYED BOTH OFFENSE AND DEFENSE, EARNING THE ROLE OF TEAM LEADER. BRANDON IS ONE OF THOSE PLAYERS THAT A COACH COULD DREAM OF. POLICE SAY THE MEAN-YEAR-OLD WAS AT FT. LAUDERDALE BEACH, WITH HIS COUSIN ON LABOR DAY, WHEN BRAVE LOST SIGHT OF HIM. FIVE LIVE GUARD RESCUED HIM FROM THE WATER AND HE WAS RUSHED TO BROWARD HEALTH, BUT IT WAS TOO LATE. THE AMERICAN YOUTH FOOTBALL LEAGUE POSTED THIS TRIBUTE VIDEO ON FACEBOOK, NOW HIS FOOTBALL FAMILY IS TURNING TO THE WEBSITE GO FUND ME TO RAISE MONEY TO COVER HIS FUNERAL EXPENSES. BRANDON WAS A PHENOMENAL YOUNG MAN, HE DESERVE AS SERVICE TO REMEMBER HIS LIFE, AND COMMEMORATE HIS LIFE. INSTEAD OF PLAYING ANY ACTUAL FOOTBALL, THE TEAM SPENT THE MAJORITY OF PRACTICE PRAYING AND REMEMBERING THE BOY. THEY ALL SHED THEIR PADS AND GOT TOGETHER, AND PLAYS AROUND SOME MORE, THEY CHANTED THEY REMEMBERS HIM, THEY AREN'T THATTING B. J., THAT IS ONE OF HIS NICKNAMES, CLEARLY THEY DIDN'T WANT TO GO HOME TONIGHT. THEY WANTED TO STAY TOGETHER AS

Myrick's football coach spoke to Local 10 News reporter Christina Vazquez about the boy who he said "always had a smile on his face."

"The death of a nine-year-old -- you can't explain it," said Coach Joe Torok. "There's no answer. You use this, I guess, as a time for the kids to understand the importance of life and the quality of spending time with family and friends, and trying to move on knowing what we do from here, at least on the football field, is what Brandon would have wanted."

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