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Authorities identify Granbury High students who drowned Monday

Authorities in Hood County reported that two Granbury High School students drowned while swimming on Monday.
Authorities in Hood County reported that two Granbury High School students drowned while swimming on Monday.

The two Granbury High School students who drowned Monday while swimming in a lake near Glen Rose have been identified as Oscar Rios, 18, and Julio Espinosa-Guerrero, 17.

The teens died shortly after 3:30 p.m. Monday after being flown to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner's office and Hood County Sheriff Roger Deeds.

The teens were swimming at Wheeler Branch Reservoir in neighboring Somervell County, southwest of Fort Worth, Deeds said.

Other teens tried to rescue the victims and called 911, Deeds said.

The Stephenville Empire-Tribune reported that the young men were participating in a non-sanctioned "skip day" for seniors.

Granbury High students and staff began mourning the deaths late Monday. Counselors, administrators and ministers were made available to students and staffers, and that will continue "as long as it is necessary," said Jeff Meador, spokesman for Granbury schools.

Meador said school officials are not discussing how the drownings occurred because they were not school-related. Students wore white Tuesday to honor the two victims.

Rios was No. 20 on the Granbury Pirates varsity soccer team. Last fall, he urged the community to contribute to his soccer team in a social media post.

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This report includes material from the Star-Telegram archives.

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