Parents: Putnam County boy, 13, dies from brain-eating amoeba

Tanner Wall was swimming in lake days before sickness

PALATKA, Fla. – The parents of a 13-year-old boy who died after a sudden illness are hoping to make a difference after their son’s tragedy.

Tanner Lake Wall, of Palatka, died Aug. 2 after he got sick from a brain-eating amoeba while on vacation at a North Florida campground, his loved ones claim.

Tanner Wall’s parents said he was on a family vacation at a campground with a water park and lake days before he got sick.

News4Jax is not naming the location because the death has not been positively traced to the property, which is located in North Central Florida.

“He was just somebody you always wanted to be around,” Travis Wall said of his son, who had just turned 13.

“He was very active. He loved the outdoors. He loves hunting, fishing,” said a teary-eyed Alicia Whitehill, his mother.

They said he got sick days after two days of swimming with friends and family.

Tanner Wall (Special to WJXT)

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