Prayerful vigil held for Whitehouse student who drowned Tuesday

Prayerful vigil held for Whitehouse student who drowned Tuesday

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - A vigil was held for a Whitehouse teenager who drowned in an East Texas lake.

The body of 17-year-old T.J. Reaves was recovered yesterday at Lake Tyler Marina near Whitehouse, 45 minutes after he went underwater.

“I don’t know if they have campfires in heaven, but if they did, he would be next to one," one person prayed.

It was a beautiful service for what sounds like a beautiful person.

Junior "T.J." Reaves (Source: Whitehouse ISD)
Junior "T.J." Reaves (Source: Whitehouse ISD)

“I don’t even know what to do with the rest of my life, it won’t be the same without him,” another said.

Hands raised in the air, praying for peace after their beloved son, friend, classmate passed away Tuesday afternoon.

“He always used to have that spirit, he always used to have that joy,” one person recalled.

17-year-old T.J. Reaves died after going swimming at the Lake Tyler Marina. T.J. got tired and later drowned.

“I just pray that you would come through God and release your presence in your place God, help us to see that your here despite the circumstances," a sentiment that many agreed with as they prayed.

A ceremony in T.J.’s honor was held at the Church of Living Hope, where words describing T.J.’s character where written on stakes placed in the ground. Black and blue balloons were released, and tears were shed for a Whitehouse student gone too soon.

The Whitehouse school district released a statement immediately after T.J.’s passing that confirmed there was no foul play at the time of his death. Right now, funeral plans have not been released.

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