As they gathered to share their grief - 7 year old Zae' Quan White's family says they still can't believe this boy's sweet young life was cut short after he just went out to play.
"My son was a loving, caring smart boy. He had his whole future ahead of him," White's mother Myesha Inman said Sunday night, as family gathered for a candlelight vigil at the pond where the young boy lost his life.
"It's hard. I understand God has a time for us to leave, but he left us early. His memory is in my heart. I never forget it. That's my baby," said his grandmother Caroletta Inman.
This still grieving family invited the Prince George's County police officers who responded Friday and pulled the little boy out of the icy pond to join them on this cold night - to express their thanks.
Police succeeded in pulling the little boy from the icy water - but he later died at the hospital. His family now says they can't believe a child lost his life at this community pond - and they hope something will change here so it doesn't happen again.
"They should have a gate right here. I lost my son. I don't want anyone to go through pain like that. They need to put a fence up. You have other people who have kids too," Myesha Inman said.
The family is currently working to plan the little boy's funeral and they've created a Go Fund Me account in his name to help cover those expenses.