FAIRFIELD - Funeral services have been set for Nagee Crowder, the 17-year-old Fairfield Ludlowe High School senior, who drowned in Perry Hill Pond last weekend.

Crowder was with two other teens at Perry’s Mill Pond about 6 p.m. on Sept. 16 when witnesses saw him jump into the water off of a paddleboard, police said. When his friends saw that he was in distress, they made attempts to help but were unable to save him. The teen was found submerged in about 15 feet of water by Fire Department divers, and brought to the surface by a diver from the Police Department just before 7 p.m.

He was unresponsive, and advanced life support treatment was immediately started. He was taken to St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport, where he later died.

“Nagee’s passing has had a deep impact on our school community, especially among his closest friends,” Fairfield Ludlowe Headmaster Greg Hatzis said. Crowder had been at Fairfield Ludlowe since spring 2016, coming to the school late in his sophomore year. He previously attened Central High School in Bridgeport.

A GoFundMe page (bit.ly/2hcFBdi), started by Molly McHugh, is intended to help the Crowder family pay for the funeral costs. McHugh’s post states she didn’t know Nagee personally, but said his three siblings have attended Fairfield Woods Middle School, where she is both a teacher and parent. As of Monday morning, more than $31,000 had been raised. “While the emotional strain of losing a child/sibling is something no family wants to even imagine having to handle, for this family, the financial strain is also weighing heavy on them,” the post said.

Calling hours are from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 401 Newfield Ave., Bridgeport. Friends may also call Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to the time of the funeral at the church. Interment will be in Mountain Grove Cemetery, Bridgeport.

According to his death notice (http://bit.ly/2hrYFEs), Crowder, the son of Fiona Melvin and Anondaz Crowder, was born in Battle Creek, Mich.

“He loved basketball and was a big fan of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. His favorite motto was: "The Ball is Life!" He always looked forward to watching basketball games on the weekends with his beloved grandmother. Nagee was deeply loyal to his family and loved spending time with them. Nagee also loved reading and could often be found in various libraries including the Bridgeport Public Library, Fairfield Woods Library and the library at school,” his death notice reads.

“Nagee was kind, sweet and affectionate; always willing to help others. He was a selfless young man who always placed the needs of others before himself, and was admired by his teachers and fellow students.”

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Nagee's memory may be made to The Fairfield Woods Branch Library, 1147 Fairfield Woods Road, Fairfield, CT 06825.