Joe Pool Lake

17-Year-Old Grand Prairie High Student Drowns in Joe Pool Lake


A 17-year-old Grand Prairie High student died Friday in an apparent drowning at Joe Pool Lake, officials say.

The Grand Prairie Fire Department was dispatched to the lake just after 6 p.m. Friday.

Several callers reported seeing the 17-year-old swimming near the beach area, but then he went under and never came back up.

Divers with the fire department conducted a search of the water and found the boy about 30 minutes later.

He was taken to Medical City Arlington in critical condition, but later died.

Investigators said he was not wearing a life vest at the time.

He has been identified by the Tarrant County medical examiner's office as Elijah Lamar Cooper.

Grand Prairie ISD confirmed Cooper had just finished his junior year at Grand Prairie High School.

"We are deeply saddened by Elijah's tragic accident," the district said. "Our deepest sympathy goes out to his family and friends."

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