DANVILLE (CBS SF) — A first year student who was found dead in a pool at San Ramon Valley High School in Danville on Tuesday was identified Wednesday as Benjamin Curry, 15, of Danville, according to the Contra Costa County coroner’s office.
A vigil was held for Curry on Wednesday night. His classmates, parents and teachers left flowers, handwritten messages, posters, sneakers, candles and other objects at a growing memorial at the school.
Ani Muregesan is a friend of Curry’s who was at the memorial Wednesday. He said he is “distraught.”
“I was numb at school today, shocked. And then just saw this and I just broke down,” Muregesan said.
Curry was found shortly before 2 p.m. A school staff member pulled him from the pool and tried to save his life, but he was pronounced dead at Kaiser Permanente Walnut Creek Medical Center later Tuesday.
The school is offering grief counseling to students. School principal Jason Krolikowski said in a statement to parents and school staff on Tuesday, “Words seem inadequate to express the sadness that many in our community are feeling as they receive this information.”
Tuesday, a growing makeshift memorial for the student included pinned notes and flowers along the pool’s fence.
“This is very difficult situation to deal with, we’re coming together to support each other to get through this,” said school district spokeswoman Elizabeth Graswich. “We are encouraging students to talk to someone, talk to their teacher, go to counselor office to get support.”
Danville police were investigating the circumstances of the drowning.
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