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A Coppell teenager drowned while swimming with friends Friday night in Lewisville Lake.

Police confirmed that Jha'kyric Nixon died from drowning after swimming toward a buoy near the Sneaky Pete's swimming area, according to a Fort Worth Star-Telegram report. He was 17 years old.

Nixon reportedly fell behind a group of his friends who were swimming outside of some buoys to a dock and went underwater where he drowned. He did not sustain any other injuries prior to the accident, and it is suspected that he may have just gotten tired from swimming.

A Lewisville Fire Department rescue crew was near the swimming area of the lake, which is located next to Eagle Point Marina, just east of Interstate 35E, when they were notified around 8 p.m. about the accident. A dive team found Nixon around 8:30 p.m., but he had already been underwater for about 30 minutes and was pronounced dead around 9 p.m. at a nearby hospital.

A memorial service was hosted for Nixon at a park in Coppell on Sunday, and hundreds gathered in his honor, according to D Magazine. His family just moved to Coppell about 2 months ago, and he was planning on attending Coppell High School. He previously attended Winfree Academy and Ranchview High School in Irving.

Nixon was the youngest of five children and was active at the Irving Bible Church. Celestine Nixon, his mother, wants to establish a scholarship fund in his name.

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