31-Year-Old Pro-Lifer Dies Suddenly Leaving Behind Wife and 7 Kids, Including 6 Adopted Children

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Jan 23, 2017   |   6:51PM   |   Washington, DC

A dedicated pro-life advocate who lived out his convictions daily as an adoptive dad died unexpectedly last week in a drowning accident.

Christian News Net reports Cody May, 31, died on Thursday during a family outing at a lake near Austin, Texas.

He and his wife, Kimberly, originally from Connecticut, adopted six of their seven children from Ethiopia, the Congo and the U.S. They also adopted two embryos, or snowflake babies; however, they lost them in a miscarriage, according to the report.

May frequently stood outside abortion facilities to preach from the Bible and plead with mothers to choose life for their babies, according to the report.

Here’s more from the report:

According to KEY E-TV, May, who visited Lake Travis in Lago Vista on Thursday afternoon, was wading out to meet his children who were floating on a raft when he suddenly went underwater after unknowingly reaching a drop-off.

“As he was walking out, he hit one of those drop-offs and went straight down and he was in obvious distress,” Kristen Dark of the Travis County Sheriff’s Office told reporters.

A fisherman nearby tried to help May, but was unable to rescue him. Emergency services looked for May, but after 30 minutes, changed the mission from a rescue to a recovery. Reports state the Travis County Sheriff’s Office Victim Services stayed with May’s family for hours to console them in their grief.

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May’s body was found by a dive team Friday morning. He and his wife had celebrated 11 years of marriage in August.

Friends described May as a kind, humble man who was devoted to his Christian faith.

On a condolences page for the family, one friend wrote: “Cody lived for the Lord in a world where so many others never truly live at all. Those without a voice to defend themselves against this world, they lost a champion today.”

Those who wish to donate to help the family may do so through this YouCaring fundraiser.