January 23, 2011 / 7:58 PM / 7 years ago

Missouri sister and brother die after falling through ice

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) - Residents of a small Missouri town planned a candlelight vigil on Sunday night in memory of a young sister and brother who drowned after falling through ice on a pond.

Joseph Cody, 12, and Grace Cody, 9, were sledding on Friday when the ice gave way on the pond near their home in Southwest City, Missouri, authorities said.

Grace was pronounced dead at an area hospital on Friday night while Joseph died Saturday evening after being transferred to a hospital in Kansas City.

Grace was in the ice and water for more than five hours before she was found, while her brother was pulled out after about an hour, said Southwest City Mayor Ryan McKee, a member of the volunteer fire department that responded to the scene.

About 850 people live in Southwest City, a farming community in the southwest tip of the state.

“Things like this just don’t happen here,” said William J. Goodwin, owner of Ozark Funeral Home in Southwest City, where arrangements are pending for the Cody children. Goodwin said he spoke to a teacher who said Joseph and Grace “were two of the brightest, most polite children they had dealt with.”

Reporting by Kevin Murphy; Editing by Jerry Norton

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