Fayette County

Fence repair, other safety steps considered after two drownings at Lexington cemetery

D’Shannon Davis and Luis Arevalo Jimenez drowned within a week at a pond near the back of the Lexington Cemetery. Warning signs are posted.
D’Shannon Davis and Luis Arevalo Jimenez drowned within a week at a pond near the back of the Lexington Cemetery. Warning signs are posted. mcornelison@herald-leader.com

Police are working with the Lexington Cemetery to implement new safety measures after a boy and a man drowned in the same pond in one week.

An 11-year-old boy died Sunday night shortly after he was rescued from a Lexington Cemetery pond, according to the Fayette coroner. A week earlier, Luis Arevalo Jimenez, 29, drowned in the pond while feeding the ducks. Both fell into the pond, authorities said.

D’Shannon Davis, 11, died at University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center at 7:14 p.m. Sunday, according to a report Coroner Gary Ginn’s office released Monday morning.

D’Shannon got into the cemetery after hours by going through a hole in the fence between the Lexington Cemetery and the adjacent Cove Haven Cemetery, police spokeswoman Brenna Angel said. He was fishing with several other children.

The pond where both of the drownings occurred has several signs with “deep water” warnings that also prohibit fishing and swimming. The cemetery, which has a night security guard, has two other similarly marked ponds, called lakes on the cemetery’s map.

Police had a preliminary meeting Monday to discuss safety measures, including fence repairs, to prevent any further accidents, Angel said.

The pond where D’Shannon fell is toward the back of the cemetery near Price Road, Angel said. There is a drop of several feet to the waterline, making it difficult to get out of the pond once in it.

Firefighters pulled D’Shannon out about 6:30 p.m. Sunday and began attempts to resuscitate him, according to coroner’s office. His death was ruled an accidental drowning.

A Lexington Cemetery official said Monday management was not yet commenting on the accident.

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