A Georgia high school football player drowned in a river on the Florida / Georgia Line on Thursday night. Raymond Wade Jr., 17, was a cornerback and wide receiver at Charlton County High School in Southeast Georgia. He was a rising senior.
According to WTLV, he was in the St. Mary’s River, northwest of Jacksonville, with friends when he was drowning around 5 p.m. Her friends tried to save her but she couldn’t. The crew found his body around 11:15 p.m., according to WJXT.
The high school, located in Folkestone, sent a statement to students and families following Wade’s death:
“Charlton County School District teachers, administrators and all staff members are devastated by the news of the sinking of one of our students, Raymond Wade,” the district said in a statement. “Raymond was a well-liked and respected young man and our community will miss him dearly. Our prayers go out to Raymond’s family.