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Funeral for 11-year-old who drowned at Rodgers Middle

RUSKIN — A funeral will be held Saturday morning for Jenny Caballero, 11, who died earlier this week after she wandered out of her middle school gym class and drowned in a nearby retention pond.

The funeral, at 10 a.m. at National Cremation and Burial Society in Ruskin, is limited to friends and family.

The public is invited to a viewing 2 p.m. Friday at the same location, 308 E College Ave.

Caballero, who had Down syndrome, was found dead late Monday afternoon, six hours after she vanished from a physical education class at Rodgers Middle School in Riverview.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is investigating, and the Hillsborough County School District is awaiting an outcome before it launches its own inquiry.

It was not immediately clear how Jenny, who neighbors said walked with a limp, climbed a 4-foot-tall chain-link fence. But her family said she was strong enough to scale that fence, Sheriff David Gee has said.

Classmates and teachers mourned the little girl this week by writing letters of sympathy to her family and creating posters to hang on school walls, some of which read simply "R.I.P Jenny."

Marissa Lang can be reached at or (813) 226-3386 or on Twitter @Marissa_Jae.

Funeral for 11-year-old who drowned at Rodgers Middle 10/25/12 [Last modified: Thursday, October 25, 2012 1:32pm]
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