PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. - A Paulding County community and family is reeling from the death of an 18-year-old East Paulding High graduate, who drowned in a river in Cambridge, Massachusetts as he attended Harvard's summer school.
Massachusetts State Police said the man, identified by Harvard University as Tyler Greene, was seen jumping into the Charles River at the Weeks Bridge, but surfaced flailing then went underwater.
Harvard University student tradition encourages fellow students to jump into the river off the footbridge.
Mother Leonie Grant said she was at her church Friday night when she received a call about her son being in an accident.
"I just began to bawl. The people at church began to pray for me," Grant said. "It was about 2 and a half hours later, I received a call he had passed away."
— The Harvard Crimson (@thecrimson) July 30, 2016
HE GRADUATED THIS PAST YEAR AT EAST PAULDING HIGH- WHERE HE WAS A GOOD STUDENT--
WAS INVOLVED IN SPORTS, AND COMMUNITY SERVICE--AND HAD DREAMS OF BECOMING A COMPUTER PROGRAMMER.
PLENTY OF FRIENDS TELL FOX 5 HE WAS A POPULAR STUDENT WITH PLENTY OF FRIENDS AND ARE SHATTERED BY HIS DEATH.