The family of Deer Creek graduate Toyin Amuda released its first statement Wednesday since he drowned in a swimming pool earlier this month.
Amuda, 18, died June 16 during a private party at a home in Oklahoma City.
"What we're experiencing is every parent’s and every family’s worst nightmare," the Amuda family's statement began. "We ask for space to grieve as we work to understand what happened to our beloved Toyin. We hope that those who have information about the events surrounding Toyin's death, even if you feel it's an unimportant detail, that you will choose to step up and speak out. Please honor our son by contacting the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Department with what you know, so they can continue their investigation. We will never fully heal from this tragic loss, but we also know that we won't be able to move forward without the truth. We are grateful for all of the prayers we are receiving for our family during this unimaginably difficult time. In return, we pray that no one ever has to experience what we're going through."
One week after the drowning, the medical examiner ruled the drowning as "accidental" before changing the manner of death to "pending" June 24, as the investigation into Amuda's death is ongoing.