Family, friends devastated after Racine teen drowned
RACINE- The Racine County sheriff's department has identified the teenager who drowned in a quarry Sunday.
Police say 16-year-old Travon Gray was swimming with friend when he went under.
Witnesses told TODAY'S TMJ4 he jumped off the pier and never surfaced.
Friends and family members are faced with the sudden loss of the teen. "My brother is gone now, and he's not coming back," said Travon's sister Zakiya.
Travon Gray, a football player at Horlick High, drowned while swimming with friends at a park not far from home.
"He should have never went down there... Because he don't even know how to swim," said Zakiya Gray.
Kendrick Jackson knew something wasn't right when his friend didn't surface. At first, he believed the teen was joking around. Then he panicked. "So then we all got out, and we came back in and looked for him, then we called the police," said Kendrick Jackson.
Diving crews worked to find the boy, but he had already been under some 24 minutes. Family members rushed to the scene as crews made the discovery. Zakiya wants the past day to simply make sense.
"I wish they could have just hurried up and got my brother out of there. He could be still here with us if they hurried up and got him," said Zakiya.
Rescue crews maintain they did everything they could as soon as possible. First responders were on scene six minutes after the 9-1-1 call went out, followed by the dive crews.
That beach does not have lifeguards and signs are clearly posted there.