BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - He sacrificed his own life, so his friend could live. DiQuanWarren is the second teenager to drown in Buffalo in less than aweek.
What makes this all the worse is now police are trying todetermine if the girl the teen went in to save was only pretendingto be drowning.
DiQuan's mom, Angie Boyd-Smith, said, "I don't know how to feelright now, because he went in to save a life."
DiQuan Warren went in to save a girl he thought wasdrowning.
"I'm kinda angry at him, but I can't be because he was doingsomething out of his heart," said Boyd-Smith.
DiQuan was 16, a sophomore at Riverside High School.
Principal Michael Mogavero said, "DiQuan was just a big smile onhis face every single day. Teachers came to me this morning andsaid, "Oh my God, I'm gonna miss that, "Hello!" in the morning andthe big smile on his face.""
He was swimming in a large pond at the tip of Squaw Island Park,which sits between the Niagara River and the Black Rock locks. AndMonday at about 3:20 in the afternoon, DiQuan went under. His bodywas brought out by police divers.
North District Councilmember Joseph Golombek said, "The kidsswam there when I was a kid."
And there were about 20 people swimming there when ithappened.
"So, unfortunately, I think this was just a tragedy that happensbecause kids are young. They think that they're indestructible,"said Golombek.
It is a city park, and no swimming is allowed in any city parkother than pools, but there are no signs stating that. The onlysigns on this small lake are five of these that say "No Mowing -Wetlands Area."
Deputy Commissioner for Buffalo Parks Andrew Rabb said, "We aregoing to consider where, or if, we need more signs. Buffalo is acity on the lake and river. There are many access points on thewater. I don't think that everybody wants to see a "No Swimming"sign everywhere that you have access to the water."
Boyd-Smith commented, "They could hang signs, but it's not gonnastop you. I think they should have more patrol down there."
People are already swimming in nearly the exact same spot thatDiQuan went under the water just a day later.
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