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November 4, 2013

UPDATE: Local teen drowns at campus pool

MILLEDGEVILLE — A local teenager drowned in a Georgia College pool over the weekend.

Tyrique Jackson, 14, and two others allegedly jumped the fence at GC’s Centennial Pool around 6 p.m. Saturday, according to campus police.

Baldwin County Coroner John Gonzalez said Jackson was pronounced dead at 8:54 p.m. Saturday.

Gonzalez said it appeared the teen was going after some tennis balls and fell in the pool. The fence surrounding the pool stands between 9 and 10 feet. 

Georgia College Manager of Media Relations Brittiny Johnson said the 14-year-old entered the pool and couldn’t stay afloat. Nearby college students heard cries for help, according to reports.

“Several Georgia College students came over to the pool and seeing what was happening, two students jumped the fence also and one entered the water to retrieve (Jackson),” Johnson said. “Once they got him back up to the concrete area around the pool, the students performed CPR until EMS and police arrived.”

The body will be sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s crime lab for an autopsy Tuesday, according to Gonzalez.

A flood of messages offering condolences could be seen Monday on the local teen’s Facebook page. 

Georgia College released an official statement concerning the tragic event.

“The Georgia College community is deeply saddened by the passing of this young man. Our heartfelt sympathies are with his family and friends at this difficult time,” read the statement. “Georgia College’s leadership team is assisting local law enforcement as the investigation continues. Georgia College has also been in contact with the Baldwin County School District regarding the matter.”

Baldwin High School provided grief counseling to students and staff Monday.

“We provided students a place to go if they wanted to talk to a counselor. All of the counselors from the county were available at the school. The students did very well,” said Iris McRee, senior counselor and department chair at the high school. “We asked students to keep the family in their thoughts and prayers. I didn’t know him well enough, but he was a very good student and the teachers had nothing but nice things to say about him.”

Funeral arrangements were incomplete at press time Monday. Peoples Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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