NYC Teen Drowned in Hotel Pool While Doing Missionary Work in Tanzania

Laniece Moore, 15, a student at Thurgood Marshall Academy in Harlem, was helping to rebuild a school in Tanzania when she tragically drowned in a hotel swimming pool.

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A Bronx, N.Y., teen died last Friday in a hotel pool while doing missionary work in Tanzania, WABC reports

Laniece Moore, a 15-year-old student at Thurgood Marshall Academy in Harlem, was part of a group helping to rebuild a Tanzanian school before she drowned in the hotel pool. According to the news station, the girl’s family is taking comfort in the fact that she died while trying to have a positive impact. 

“The last thing she said to me was so beautiful. Before she passed away, she sent me something to let me know that the trip changed her. She told me, ‘Mommy, there’s so much other than New York. People in New York stress over materialistic things, and there is so much more to life,’ ” Felita Moore, Laniece’s mother, told the news station.

A classroom at the school that Laniece was helping to rebuild has been dedicated in memory of the teen, WABC notes.

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