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Toombs County community mourns the loss of teen

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(Source: Toombs County BOE Facebook) (Source: Toombs County BOE Facebook)
TOOMBS CO., GA (WTOC) -

The Tattnall County Sheriff's Office has released the name of the person that drowned in the Ohoopee River area known as Jarriel's Bridge.

At approximately 8:30 p.m. on Monday the body of D'Marco Lee Castro was recovered from the water.

His body will be sent to the GBI Medical Examiner's Office in Savannah. An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday.

The Tattnall County Sheriff's received a report of a possible drowning early Monday after noon. When deputies arrived on scene, they learned that a 13-year-old Hispanic male began struggling while in the river swimming with friends.

Captain Kevin Keyfauver, with the Tattnall County Sheriff's Office, said that is a very dangerous area because the river is up and the current is fast.

Tiffany Gibbs' best friend tried to jump in and save Castro.

"Apparently, Marco went out too far where his foot could not catch the bottom and went out to distress. The mom told my friend to go out and get him, and he tried his hardest to save him, but the current was just too strong. Ever sinse that happened, he has not been able to talk about it," said Gibbs.

Castro went to Toombs County Middle School. Principle Pamela Sears released the following statement on Facebook.

D'Marco was definitely a student I will never forget. His smile was always present and quite contagious. His personality drew students, teachers, and staff members to him. He definitely impacted the lives of each person he encountered.

Wednesday morning, there will be counseling available for students and parents at Toombs County Middle School from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

A GoFundMe Account has been set up to assist with the cost of burial.

The Tattnall County Sheriff's Office was assisted by Tattnall Emergency Management Agency, Tattnall County Emergency Medical Service, Tattnall County Coroner's Office, Toombs County Emergency Management Agency, Appling County Sheriff's Office Dive Team, Wayne County Emergency Medical Service Dive Team and the Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources.

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