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By Brian Hews and Daniel E. Beckham
The victim of a drowning at Cerritos Regional Park on Father’s Day has been identified as Lamont Jenkins of Compton, Hews Media Group-Community Newspapers has confirmed.
Jenkins died after law enforcement officials said that he voluntarily went into a manmade concrete fishing lake that has a drop off 16-feet at its deepest section.
HMG-CN has obtained a photo of Jenkins who is seen standing next to the murky pond just moments before he drowned. The photo, which was published online by friends and family members on a fundraising website to help pay for funeral expenses, shows Jenkins wearing a blue and white stripped tank top, and smiling.
Hews Media Group interviewed several witnesses of the incident less than a half hour after the drowning took place and after an officer from the Cerritos Sheriff’s Station jumped into the lake in attempt to save Jenkins life.
Family and friends of the victim did not speak to the several reporters who quickly converged on the park that is located at Bloomfield Avenue and 195th Street.
Alaisha B., posted on the website gofundme.com the following notification:
“La Mont leaves to cherish his memories his mom/dad brothers/sisters, beautiful children and a host of relatives and friends He was a family man, a loving father/uncle and giving young man. Please Join me and support the family by donating to this cause for burial expenses and for his family who witness this hurtful accidental death on Father’s Day. May Your Soul Rest in Peace and your family Hearts be comforted.”
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