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13-year-old boy dies after swimming at Villa Angela Beach

13-year-old boy dies after swimming at Villa Angela Beach

A 13-year-old boy died Monday after swimming at Villa Angela Beach in Euclid Creek Reservation, the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner said.

Jeff Tolman, a spokesperson for Cleveland Metroparks, said Metroparks Police were sent to the area around 7:15 p.m.

According to police, the boy was swimming in a non-designated swim area when he went under the water.

The teen has been identified as Omarion Baker of Canton.

He was “recovered” by first responders at around 7:50 p.m.

Baker was taken to the hospital where he died.

Metroparks Police are investigating the incident.

“All of us would like to go around this instead of through it, if we could,” said Jaimie Brown, assistant principal of Faircrest Middle School, where Baker had just graduated.

We all remember him to be very charismatic and energetic,” Brown told 19 News.

Brown said the teen was a rarity, full of immense talent, and showed so much promise.

She said Baker was heading to Canton South High School in the fall, where he was hoping to continue playing football.

“When he would bless you with a smile, it would kind of light up a room,” Brown said.

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