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Four-year old drowns, benefit held

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POSTED: Monday, June 25, 2012 - 10:30pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 - 10:10am

Before the baseball games even started, the food was already in short supply. The ballpark sales of jambalaya were booming -- because people were hungry no doubt -- but also to help out a struggling family, trying to maintain composure after the drowning death of their son.

"The community came out with an outpouring," said Christine Vail, Nate Landry's aunt. "Unbelievable."

Landry was at a family outing in Livingston Parish Saturday night when he slipped under the water.  By the time anyone recognized, it was too late. The boy who loved tee-ball and Superman, died.

At the ballpark in Walker Monday, jambalaya plates were served, patches were attached onto jersey's and donations were accepted, to benefit the family.

"All I can do is help," said Donny Armstrong, a family friend who organized the event.

The helpful spirit was shared by many. Within the hour, food was already in short supply, as hundreds lined up to help by opening their wallets.

And for a family still in shock 48-hours later, the sights at the ballpark let them know that their little Superman is soaring.

"Nate will forever be missed," said Vail. "Superman is forever flying high now."

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