Cambridge High School in Milton, Ga., is mourning the loss of one of its students, senior Chamberlain Ivey, who died from an apparent drowning after “disappearing” from a house party in Alpharetta.
Police are “investigating the possibility that illegal narcotics played a role in the events that transpired.” According to Alpharetta police spokesman George Gordon, police officers came across a “large party” at a house on Clipper Bay Drive early Sunday morning. They were called to the subdivision by a homeowner on Staghound Court who thought a burglary was in progress after Ivey broke a window at his home. The homeowner said the man cut himself badly on the glass.
Officers were told that Ivey was “missing from the gathering” and that was the second time he had disappeared during the event. Neighbors reported hearing a splash in Lake Windward. Fire rescue eventually found his body “underwater near the back of a residence,” Gordon said.
Other partygoers were taken to a local hospital for treatment. They have since been released. One person was arrested for keeping a disorderly home.
Cambridge High School principal Dr. Spurka said counselors and the crisis team will be on hand for students on Monday. The school issued a statement saying, “We express our deepest sympathy to his family; our thoughts and prayers are with them in this time of grief.” Students held a memorial for Ivey at Cambridge Sunday evening.
Ivey’s death comes three years after another student, Reagan Beene, committed suicide after he got in trouble for having an underage party at his home.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help raise funds for Chamberlain Ivey’s family.