Coroner identifies teen who drowned in Lake Milton over the weekend

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The victim is 16-year-old Leonard Pearce, of Youngstown

LAKE MILTON, Ohio (WKBN) – The Summit County Coroner has identified the teen who drowned in Lake Milton on Sunday.

The victim is 16-year-old Leonard Pearce, of Youngstown.

According to the coroner, Pearce had no signs of other injuries; he just never came up from the water.

ODNR was called around 12:45 p.m. when the boy went into the lake from a boat dock and did not resurface.

Witnesses pulled the teen from the water and performed CPR until emergency crews got there. He was taken to St. Elizabeth’s Warren Hospital but passed away.

Pearce was a student of Youngstown Rayen Early College, according to CEO Justin Jennings, who released a statement on Wednesday.

“Leonard was a kind, charismatic, brilliant young man,” Jennings said. “Sadly, we will never know the contributions he would have made to society, but I’m sure they would have been meaningful and profound.”

Leonard touched the lives of many during his 16 years, Mr. Jennings noted.

“I join Leonard’s family, friends, classmates, school family and loved ones in grief,” he said. “Words seem inadequate at a time like this, but I hope that his family finds comfort in their faith and peace in their memories. The YCSD family will keep the Pearce family in our thoughts and prayers.”

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