DCHS student dies following pool accident

Published 7:54pm Friday, June 7, 2013

After jumping into a pool and nearly drowning during the Memorial Day weekend, Shadrick Turner, 17, died Thursday at Baptist South Hospital in Montgomery.

Sgt. John Hatfield, of the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department, said information surrounding Turner’s death is still under investigation.

“We got a call to assist an ambulance on Dallas County Road 81 for a possible drowning,” Hatfield said. “When I got there he [Turner] was out of the pool and breathing. I basically helped him to the ambulance and got everything loaded up.”

After being rushed to the emergency room, Turner stayed in the hospital until his death Thursday.

Michael Blair, principal of Dallas County High School, where Turner attended, said when he visited Turner he shows brief signs of progress. Blair said he was hopeful one of his favorite students would overcome his injuries.

“I went over to the hospital and visited with him, and he seemed like he was progressing there at times,” Blair said. “He would have been a senior this year.”

Blair described Turner as a hard-working student and someone who everyone admired.

“He was an outstanding young man,” Blair said. “He was real personable, just a likable kid.”

Turner played football for Dallas County High School his freshman, sophomore and junior years. Blair said football was something Turner was very passionate about.

“He loved the game and he was a great player too,” he said. “He was just your typical boy next door. He walked strong in his faith too. I know the whole student body is devastated by this.”

Services for Turner will be announced at a later date by Lewis Brothers Funeral Home.

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