Exactly what caused Hall's death isn't clear. She was pulled from the Scottish Hills Recreation Club pool Saturday and given CPR. While she was conscious when paramedics arrived, officials say Hall later died at a local hospital. Officials at Scottish Hills say they cannot release details. Cary police say they are still investigating.
But in the meantime, the parents of autistic students who were classmates of Kayla's say she will always live on in their minds. Even though she'd moved on to middle school, she was known by autistic students at Adams Elementary School as the kid who treated them like she treated everyone else - with love.
"Children with special needs don't always get the attention or they don't feel special because they are different. But she always made him feel special and that's why he clung to her as his best friend," said Terry Raynor who is the parent of an autistic child who knew Kayla.
The National Autism Association has already announced that it will honor Kayla with an award created in her name - the Kayla Hall Friend award. She will be the first recipient - posthumously.
And in keeping with her memory, Kayla's family has made one final humanitarian gesture. They have donated her organs to save the lives of other children.