Keystone drowning victim remembered


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Updated: 7/24/2013 5:58 am Published: 7/23/2013 9:53 pm


FOX23 spoke with a father whose 18-year-old son died trying to save a friend on Keystone Lake.

Brendan Earl's father has a warning for other parents.

"I gave him his first haircut," said Tarell Earl.

One bad decision took his love, his son.

"He was always my baby," said Earl.

A knock at the door from a group of teens changed Earl's life, and explains his pain.

"They said, 'We couldn't find him.' I'm like, 'What you mean, you couldn't find him?'" said Earl.

He spoke with Brendan's friends.

"When they said, 'He drowned,' I lost it," said Earl.

Brandon disappeared from Keystone Lake.

"They got out too far, there's a drop-off, as you can see," said Holly Lewelling.

FOX23 was there in early July as onlookers pulled an 18-year-old girl to safety. Brendan was in the water, too. He never came back up.

"No one prepares you for that," said Earl.

Brendan died two days shy of his 19th birthday trying to save a friend, but Brendan couldn't swim.

"That keeps playing in my head," said Earl.

The night before, Earl had a talk with his son about the trip he'd planned to Keystone Lake.

"I say, Every year someone drowns at the lake,'" said Earl. I don't want it to be you.'"

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