Girl, 7, on life support after falling into creek

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by TONY BURBECK / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on March 21, 2014 at 5:55 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A 7-year-old girl pulled from a creek is fighting for her life Friday at CMC after being pulled out of a Davis Creek in Charlotte.

Relatives say Samiyah Brown is on life support, but started moving a little bit and is trying to open her eyes.

Brown's brother, 12-year-old Randez, died after jumping in the water to reach his sister.

"My brother, he went after her to save her," said older brother Damion Lee.  

Altogether the family has five children, including four boys and a girl, relatives said.

Lee struggles to find words and seems stunned.

"Heartbroken," he said.

Relatives say it appears Samiyah slipped on a rock around 8 p.m. Thursday night.

Randez went in after her and both ended up in water up to ten feet deep near a culvert that goes under I-77.  Both were under the water for several minutes.

"He passed away but he's a hero for saving his sister," said family friend Kenquetta Watters.

Relatives say Samiyah is on life support.

"It's sad because that's the only daughter that she had, and then the big brother went in then tried to save his only sister. It's very sad," said Merry Black, who is Samiyah and Randez's aunt.

Neighbors say kids were part of a group who decided to play along the creek.

"It's a rocky stream, lots of rocks, good water velocity," said John McCulloch, with Mecklenburg County Storm Water Services.  

"I know when you're tempted with curiosity, kids are going to be kids," Watters said.

Lee was playing on a nearby basketball court when kids ran up to him and told him his sister fell in, and his little brother came to her rescue.

"A hero that died," he said.

Police say this is an accident.  No one is charged with a crime but CMPD will have their youth crimes division follow up.

CMS had counselors at Sedgefield Elementary School Friday. Both kids went there.

Randez was in fifth grade and Samiyah is in second grade.