Teen killed in boat accident remembered as beloved dancer – NBC 6 South Florida


Just days after a fatal hit-and-run boat accident, a South Florida community is mourning the tragic death of a 15-year-old girl.

Ella Riley Adler was identified as the teenager who was struck by a boat and killed while waterskiing in Biscayne Bay on Saturday afternoon.

Since the tragic incident, there has been an overwhelming response from Adler's community, including her school and the ballet company she danced for.

Adler has appeared in regular performances with Miami City Ballet, including George Balanchine's The Nutcracker,

The 15-year-old was described as a thriving student – ​​an active member of the Ransom Everglades School dance team, the Jewish Student Union, as well as the speech and debate team.

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Ransom Everglades School Principal Rachel Rodriguez sent a statement to NBC6 on Monday in response to Adler's sudden death.

Rodriguez said, “Our hearts are broken and our community is devastated by this tragedy. Ella shone in our classrooms and on our stages and she embodied the mission of Ransom Everglades School.” “We offer our deepest condolences to her family and our prayers are with all who are mourning her loss. At this time of unspeakable pain, we are touched by the outpouring of kindness and compassion on behalf of the Ransom Everglades community. “In the days and weeks ahead, we will stick to our core values ​​and provide support and care to the many students and members of our professional community who are grieving.”

A funeral service for Adler was being held Monday at Temple Beth Shalom.

Friends also spoke out, remembering Kishore as not only a talented artist, but a beloved young man.

“Special little girl. She was an excellent dancer. She was my daughter's best friend. This is a huge loss. His future was very bright. Very sad, very sad,” said family friend Lorraine Pearson.

Fellow students described Adler as popular and friendly.

Student Miles Gelber said, “It's so sad to hear. I heard she was a really nice girl and was on the dance team and had a lot of friends. I can't imagine what pain they're going through.”

Miami City Ballet also released a statement on the teen's death.

“We at Miami City Ballet and Miami City Ballet School are completely devastated by the heartbreaking news of this tragic accident. Ella Adler was not just a beloved student and a brilliant dancer who graced our stage. George Balanchine's The Nutcracker, “She was an integral part of our family, someone who reflected potential and promise, and whose kindness, warmth and infectious happiness were known by all,” the statement said. As we come together, we will deeply mourn the loss of Ella and remember the precious memories we had the privilege of making with her.”

A witness also provided NBC6 with a photo of the immediate aftermath, showing a brown boat next to a police boat. The witness said Adler Gray was waterskiing from the boat.

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The photo shows the yacht Adler was reportedly waterskiing before another vessel attacked her.

Officials also said that the vessel that fatally struck them was described as having a light blue center console, possibly with blue or dark blue bottom paint, and three or four white outboard engines. It was last seen heading west from Nixon Beach in Key Biscayne on Saturday afternoon.

FWC officials also confirmed to NBC6 on Sunday that the teen was not actively waterskiing when she was attacked.

“She was in the water with her board on her feet and wearing a life jacket,” an FWC spokesperson said.

The FWC is continuing to search for the boat and said a reward of up to $20,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest or investigation.


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