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Relatives of 19-year-old Hakeem “Kerron” Austin, who drowned in Valencia River on Saturday evening, are still trying to understand how the teenager went under the water and failed to resurface as he was described as a good swimmer.
“He was a strong, strong swimmer. He loved the water and since he was small, he was always making laps at the beach, in pools, in the river. Basically, wherever it had water he was at home. So we find it very strange that his friends said he got into some difficulty and couldn’t get out,” said Austin’s mother Latoya Browne.