It will soon be one year since 15-year-old Ben Curry drowned during class in the San Ramon Valley High School pool, and to remember his life and honor his memory, Curry's family is holding a candlelight vigil on the first anniversary of his death.
Ben’s parents, Karen and Tom, have invited the community to the vigil, which will be held May 8 outside the Danville Library, to commemorate the somber anniversary and share their love for young Ben.
“Please spread the word to friends, family and the community. We want to light up the sky so that Ben will see, hear and feel the outpouring of love for him,” Karen Curry said. “Forever in our hearts. Keeping Ben’s memory alive.”
Ben Curry drowned after becoming unresponsive underwater toward the end of his fourth-period swim class at San Ramon Valley High on May 8, 2018. After his class ended, he was not discovered submerged in the pool until the start of the next class, after the school’s lunch-period.
In the wake of the drowning, the Contra Costa County Coroner's Office and District Attorney’s Office found no signs of foul play nor criminal negligence with regard to the boy’s death, deeming that his drowning was an accident.
Curry's family disagrees, and on Nov. 27, officially filed a lawsuit against the San Ramon Valley Unified School District, claiming that negligence and willful misconduct resulted in the freshman's death.
The suit alleges that not only did the SRVUSD fail to install proper safety policies to prevent Curry's death, but that the boy's physical education teacher failed to properly supervise the class, which was comprised of 57 students.
All members of the community are welcome to the candlelight vigil to honor of the memory of Ben, according to Karen Curry. The event is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. May 8 in front of the Danville Library, 400 Front St. in downtown.