HENDERSON, TX (KLTV) - Students and faculty at Carlisle Independent School District leaned on each other on Friday following the loss of high school sophomore Jonathan Cano,
Cano died on April 5, while trying to save a friend drowning in the lake.
"Everyone in that high school is hurting today, because it was one of our own," says Superintendent Mike Payne. "They were just out there hanging out and enjoying themselves and sometimes these things happen."
With Lake Forest Park being a place students often gather, no one saw it as place where such a tragedy might occur.
Rocky Baker, athletic director for the district, was called to the lake last night. He says Cano, who was on the track and football teams, will forever be a part of the Carlisle family.
"We didn't lose a classmate. We didn't lose an athlete. We didn't lose a good friend. We lost a brother," says Baker.
Inside the school, students wrote messages to Cano saying "we'll miss you" and "rest in peace."
"Jonathan was a super awesome guy, he was amazing," says classmate Lizbet Rocha. "Everything we do from now on is just going to be for him, all the glory is going to go to God and to him."
Cano's classmates say he'll always be with them, and will be remembered as a hero.
Cano's family tells KLTV that he leaves behind seven younger siblings.