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Who was Jesse Hamric? Colorado teen dies after jumping into electrified Virginia lake during July 4 celebrations

Who was Jesse Hamric? Colorado teen dies after jumping into electrified Virginia lake during July 4 celebrations

Who was Jesse Hamric? Colorado teen dies after jumping into electrified Virginia lake during July 4 celebrations

A Colorado teenager has died after jumping into an electrified lake during Fourth of July celebrations. Friends of 18-year-old Jesse Hamric realized something was wrong as soon as he dove into the water at Smith Mountain Lake outside Roanoke, Virginia.

Colorado teen Jesse Hamric dies after jumping into electrified Virginia lake during July 4 celebrations (TikTok)
Colorado teen Jesse Hamric dies after jumping into electrified Virginia lake during July 4 celebrations (TikTok)

Hamric’s friends jumped into the water after him and immediately felt an electric shock hit them. They were also injured, but managed to pull Hamric out, WDBJ reported. One of the friends called for help, while another began performing CPR on Hamric.

Hamric was rushed to hospital by a rescue team, where he later died. Two of his friends suffered minor injuries.

Firefighters investigated the incident and an official with the Smith Mountain Lake Marine Volunteer Fire Rescue Dive Team confirmed there were electrical currents in the water where Hamric died, caused by stray voltages traveling from a dock at a private residence located nearby. No foul play is suspected in Hamric’s death, according to ABC13.

Who was Jesse Hamric?

Hamric was a Steamboat Springs native. At the time of the incident, he was visiting friends with his family. Hamric was a standout on the Steamboat Springs High School football and baseball teams in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and had graduated in May.

“Ever since I met that kid, it’s like he’s one of a kind,” Hamric’s friend Alex Schwab told KDVR. “You see him and you notice he always has a smile on his face.”

“I still can’t process it. I’m very upset about this,” he added.

According to the Independent, Hamric was the son of Jay Hamric, the school’s principal. “We are deeply saddened by the passing of a recent Steamboat Springs High School graduate,” the school said in a statement. “Please take a moment to care for yourselves, lean on those around you, and look out for one another. Our thoughts are with you all.”

A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to “support the family and fund a ‘Jesse Cyrus Hamric Foundation for Courage and Love.’” “Jesse was a dear friend, who brought light and positivity wherever he went, and he will be missed every day,” the page reads.