Two Mothers In Disbelief After Teens Drown In Water Hole Near Cyril
CYRIL, Oklahoma - There was an outpouring of support in Chickasha after two teens drown in a water hole nearly 20 miles away from their homes.
The bodies were recovered Saturday morning by an OHP dive team.
Two mothers are in disbelief.
Dontavis Ware, 17, and Denton Walker, 18, drowned in a water hole behind a rocky quarry, which was kind of a hidden treasure near Cyril in Caddo County.
Friday night at that water hole, something went horribly wrong.
“I'm still in shock, really. It's unbelievable. I just seen him right before I went to work. It's just hard,” said Lawana Edwards.
Dontavis would have been 18 this year.
“We had just talked about his graduation and going to college or playing basketball, he loved basketball and track,” said Edwards.
Edwards got a phone call around 11 p.m. Friday night.
“The story that I was hearing, I was just like, no way. He's too good of a swimmer. That is not how you're telling me I'm losing my son,” said Edwards.
Dontavis and his friend Denton were trying to make it across the water, according to OHP, when they became exhausted and went under.
But it wasn't Dontavis who was in distress, Lawana said her son is being called a hero by those who were there last night.
“It was my son that jumped in and saved the other little boy, and they just couldn't hang on,” said Edwards. “He would help anybody at any cost. That's just how he is, very loving.”
Her son was found in 18 feet of water Saturday morning by OHP dive teams, not too far from his friend Denton.
“The question is, what happened? What really happened? I'm gonna miss my baby,” said Edwards.
As far as officials know, there has never been a drowning at that water hole. It is on private property with restricted access. We're told there were at least six teenagers swimming in the water hole.
A fund to help with burial cost for Dontavis has been set up at Focus Federal Credit Union.