Alexandria native Sonja Pullen, son drown in home swimming pool Tuesday

Alexandria native Sonja Pullen Anderson of Baton Rouge and her 2-year-old son, Jonathan, died Tuesday, May 25, as the result of a drowning in a swimming pool in the back yard of their Baton Rouge home, according to published reports.

Anderson was the wife of Johnny Anderson, former chairman of the Southern University System Board of Supervisors.

Johnny Anderson released the following statement:

“My son Jonah and I want to thank the community for their prayers and the incredible expression of  support in our grief stricken dawn following yesterday’s tragedy. We also want to thank the emergency responders, doctors and nurses who worked to save my wife, Sonja, and our son, Jonathan.

Sonja was the light of my life. Her world was filled with caring for our 2-year-old twin boys Jonathan and Jonah. Her actions yesterday were a true testament to a mother’s love. Jonathan was a happy and outgoing little boy with unlimited potential.

While my heart is broken, I will lean on my faith in God and devote myself fully to the care of our son Jonah. We ask for continued prayers and privacy during this difficult time.”

Funeral arrangements have not been made at this time.