Community showing support for family of teen who drowned

People released balloons into the air and flowers in the water. Dozens showed up while hundreds of other people are supporting the family in any way they can. (May 4, 2017)

The community is showing support for the teen who drowned off the waters of the American River in the Folsom area.

A woman posted in a Facebook group called Folsom Watch wanting to help out the family of 14-year-old Micheal Powell.

The neighbor, Sara Zamani, said she went to the family's home and offered to give meals and raise funds for funeral expenses. 

"It just became a please let me know what you need," said Zamani.

She's also organizing a "meal train" of dinners for the family. Jen Doscow is one of the people donating.

"We don't know him but we walk with my dog here everyday and it's just very close to me," said Doscow. "I have an 11 year old and this is terrifying."

She wanted to make dinners now but the sign-up list is booked until mid June.

"I feel like we need to do something and when you don't know what to do and you have a tool here it seems like the best thing you can do for a family," said Doscow. "I don't know what they're dealing with."

The creator of Folsom Watch, Marsha Carls, is working with the family too.

"They've really come together and pulled together a few times," said Carls.

She said hundreds have reached out in the Folsom and Orangevale area which is where the family lives. 

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