Teen who drowned in Bolingbrook quarry identified
BY CINDY CAIN firstname.lastname@example.org August 28, 2013 10:04PM
Updated: September 30, 2013 2:16PM
The 17-year-old Bolingbrook High School student who drowned Wednesday night while swimming with friends was a well-liked boy who was on the yearbook staff as a sophomore and played soccer for three years, according to Valley View School District spokesman Larry Randa.
Javier Vera was on track to graduate in May and was a lifelong resident of the school district. Three of his older siblings also attended schools in the district, Randa said.
“So this family has been around here a long time,” he said.
The district activated its crisis counseling team Thursday morning to help staff and students deal with Vera’s sudden death. It was the fourth time in three years that a Bolingbrook High School student has died, Randa said.
As with the other student deaths, no memorial service will be held at the school, he said.
“We don’t have memorial ceremonies for students,” Randa said. “That takes place in the community and the churches.”
Vera apparently drowned while swimming laps with friends Wednesday night, police said. Three teens, all 17, started swimming laps across a water-filled section of the quarry at 1421 W. 135th St. about 7:30 p.m., Bolingbrook Police Lt. Mike Rompa said.
Vera started to struggle, went under the water and did not return to the surface, Rompa said. The other teens tried to help but were not successful.
A dive team from Plainfield located the boy just after 9 p.m., Rompa said. Bolingbrook police are investigating.
Contributing: Sun-Times Media Wire