Crews have found the body of an 18-year-old who went swimming at a private quarry in Collin County on Sunday and did not resurface.
Melissa police were called about 6 p.m. after the Bonham man jumped into the water and tried to swim from one side to the other. The teen got tired, panicked and went underwater, KTVT-TV (Channel 11) reported.
When two friends tried to rescue him, they were almost pulled under as the teen struggled to stay afloat, police told the station.
Multiple agencies searched for the teen late Sunday night. KXAS-TV (NBC 5) reported Monday morning that the teen’s body was found.
He was identified as Xzavion Epps, a former football player at Bonham High School who graduated last year and signed to play at Southeastern Oaklahoma State University, KXII-TV reported.
Tony Johnson, the athletic director at Bonham High who coached Epps for two years, said he and his brother were “great, smart kids.”
“Their mom did a phenomenal job raising them,” Johnson told KXII. “I couldn’t ask for two better football players to turn the program around. We made the playoffs that year.”
He said he had recently spoken with Epps and offered his love and condolences to his family.
“The message here is we gotta look out for each other,” Johnson said. “This was an accident. Nobody wanted this to happen.”
It has been a deadly weekend on the water in Dallas-Fort Worth.
A 3-year-old girl drowned Saturday at a family gathering at Little Elm Park Beach. Also Saturday a woman jumped from a boat into Lake Ray Hubbard and did not resurface. Her body was recovered Sunday afternoon.
A 6-year-old boy died Sunday after he was pulled from a Fort Worth apartment complex pool.