Teen dies after suffering injury at Cary pool

akenney@newsobserver.comJune 12, 2013 

— A 13-year-old girl died Sunday following a medical incident at Scottish Hills Recreational Club on Saturday.

The cause of Kayla Hall's death is unclear. A 911 caller indicated the Salem Middle School student was in the pool at the time of an injury, but said that the incident was not a drowning.

Multiple 911 calls about the injury came in just after 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.

The girl had “hit her head in the pool,” leaving blood on the deck alongside the water, callers reported. She was pulled from the water and given medical care, according to the audio recordings.

“No one saw what happened,” one caller said. Another reported the girl was “awake and breathing.”

Emergency services transported the teen to WakeMed in Raleigh, where she died sometime Sunday.

Kayla Hall’s family declined, through Apex Funeral Home, to comment on their daughter’s death. Hospital officials declined to disclose the cause of death, citing patient privacy laws.

The N.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner didn’t immediately respond to a request for information on the death.

The Cary Police Department is “looking into the situation,” but has not opened a case on the incident, according to Captain Don Hamilton.

Hall loved playing basketball with her church, cooking for her family, riding rollercoasters and visiting the beach, according to her obituary. She helped run bingo games at the Glenaire retirement community. She walked each morning to her school bus stop with her father, Donald Haley, and she often did her hair and nails with her mother, Joy Hall, the notice stated.

She is survived by eight siblings, two stepsisters, three grandparents and her parents, among other family.

“We loved Kayla beyond measure, and we know that someday we will all be united again in God’s great eternal home, and she will be there to greet us with her sweet, sweet smile,” the obituary stated.

Funeral services were scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday at Colonial Baptist Church, 6051 Tryon Road. Kayla Hall’s family has asked for donations in her memory to the basketball program at Colonial Baptist Church in Cary.

Scottish Hills pool planned to close from noon to 4 p.m. on Wednesday for the funeral, according to staff.

David Shouse, vice-president of the board of directors for Scottish Hills Recreational Club, confirmed in a written response that “an incident” at the club “preceded the passing of a member on Sunday, June 9th.” He did not provide further detail, writing that the Hall family had requested privacy.


Kenney: 919-460-2608

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