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Teen who drowned in quarry identified as Bolingbrook HS student

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013 10:26 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013 5:13 p.m. CDT
(Photo by Alex Soulier - asoulier@shawmedia.com)
On Thursday morning, a Bolingbrook squad car is parked at the entrance of the quarry where a Bolingbrook teen drowned Wednesday night.

BOLINGBROOK – A 17-year-old Bolingbrook teen drowned Wednesday night while swimming with two other boys in a quarry, according to the Bolingbrook Police Department.

The victim has been identified as Bolingbrook High School student Javier Vera, according to the Will County Coroner and Valley View School District. The coroner will conduct an autopsy and the cause of death will be announced at a later date.

The three 17-year-old Bolingbrook teens entered the quarry, 1421 W. 135th St., at about 7:30 p.m. and began swimming laps across a section of the water-filled quarry, according to police. Shortly after, Vera began to struggle, and in spite of the other boys' attempts to save him, he went under the water and did not resurface, police said.

The Plainfield Dive Team located Vera at about 9:04 p.m. and he was pronounced dead at approximately 9:44 p.m. at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, police said.

It's unclear how the teens gained access to the quarry, where at least one sign reads "Private property - no trespassing." A fence topped with barbed wire also surrounds the quarry.

While the sign indicates the property is owned by "Elmhurst Chicago Stone Co.", representatives from the business said the quarry and the surrounding property were sold about two months ago.

On Thursday morning, Bolingbrook High School's crisis team was activated to assist students and staff who may need counseling assistance following Vera's death, according to Valley View School District Director of Community Relations Larry Randa.

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