Lamontea Taylor was a typical 6-year-old boy from what we've read and heard and seen in photos.
A good kid.
A killer smile.
A popular Samoset Elementary School student.
Today his grieving family calls him a hero.
Before succumbing to the strong currents Saturday that rip through Longboat Pass, young Lamontea pushed his 5-year-old half-sister, Natallie Porter, to safety and was not to be seen again until authorities recovered his body 10 a.m. Monday.
That Lamontea is gone is a tragedy.
Six-years-old? A life snuffed out long before it even began.
Accidents happen, but this one was eminently preventable.
Where was the adult supervision, especially given the potential hazards swimming in an area notorious for potentially dangerous conditions?
An area clearly marked with warning signs.
The Bradenton Beach Police Report said several family members were gathered in the tree line and the children swimming were being watched by "older family members," according to the family.
They were, in fact, 15 and 16 years old, the police report said.
While teens can be quite responsible, they are not adults.
Adults with the awareness to realize the unfolding predicament and get the kids out of the water forthwith.
Thankfully, another adult, Isaac Espinoza, a stranger enjoying the beach with friends, came to Natallie's rescue.
He completed the last heroic act of 6-year-old Lamontea Taylor's life.