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Grandmother of Liberty County drowning victim speaks out

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Selders with his sisters before their death (Source: Family photos) Selders with his sisters before their death (Source: Family photos)
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LIBERTY CO., GA (WTOC) -

A family is grieving the loss of a beloved family member following a weekend drowning.  

Authorities say 29-year-old Keith Selders drowned Saturday afternoon while swimming in a pond. He got tired and called for help. Witnesses could not get to him in time.

The drowning comes 23-years after Selders's mother and four sisters died in a house fire in Walthourville.

His grandmother said the same faith that carried her through that tragedy will help her with his death.

Mamie Fraser said her and Keith had a special bond because he lived with her after that fire. The shocking news of his death brings back the emotion from her first loss.

"He was a loving, caring person, and he could get along with anyone,” said Fraser.

Fraser is once again dealing with the pain of death. Keith Selders was the only remaining grandchild from her daughter. The news of his death shocked her.

"It tore me to pieces. I was screaming and hollering,” said Fraser. "All the love I had for my daughter and granddaughters, I put that energy toward Keith because that was the last child left from her."

Fraser credited her faith for carrying her through that tragedy in 1994. She's once again relying on it with this recent news.

"I strongly believe in the Lord, and He said I'll never leave you nor forsake you, and I'm a living testimony because he hasn't left me. And I know he isn’t going to leave me,” said Fraser.

Selders leaves behind 6 children. Fraser said it's her responsibility to love them as she loved Keith. She knows the coming weeks and months will be tough.

"Sometimes, a lot of times, the more I talk about him, the weaker I get. That's why I call on Jesus,” said Fraser.

The faith she speaks about constantly will be the source of her strength. It's also allowing her to have a little peace with his death.

"His time was up. That's what I believe in my heart. I believe his time was up,” said Fraser.

Fraser said Selders spent a lot of time at the beach growing up—adding that he's a very good swimmer. Funeral arrangements have not been set.

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