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UTA doctoral student who drowned in floodwater Friday was ‘an exemplary young man’

Friends of Alan Amaya, 23, are raising money to help with the cost of his funeral. Amaya drowned after being swept into floodwater on Friday.
Friends of Alan Amaya, 23, are raising money to help with the cost of his funeral. Amaya drowned after being swept into floodwater on Friday.

The 23-year-old man who drowned after being swept off a bridge by floodwater was a doctoral student of mathematics at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Alan Amaya, of El Paso, was walking on a bridge near the university when he was swept into the creek shortly before midnight on Friday. Arlington Fire and Rescue and campus police responded to the 1000 block of Greek Row Drive.

It took hours for the heavily flooded creek to recede. Authorities said Amaya’s body was found shortly before 2 a.m.

UTA President Vistasp Karbhari released a statement that said, “On behalf of the entire UTA Maverick family of students, faculty, staff and alumni, I express our heartfelt condolences to Alan’s parents, family and friends.

“The UTA staff have been in close contact with Alan’s family to assist them in any manner that we can during this most difficult time. They and Alan’s friends are in our thoughts and prayers.

At times like this I encourage all of us to come together to support each other.”

Along with his studies, Amaya was a graduate teaching assistant within the Department of Mathematics. He also played soccer.

According to a GoFundMe that was created to help with funeral costs, Amaya was “an exemplary young man his entire life.”

“He was a Christ follower and simply just touched the hearts of whoever surrounded him,” Andrea Raquel Gutierrez wrote. “Personally, Alan was a friend to me that I’ll never be able to forget simply because of the way he loved others.”

The account had raised more than it’s $5,000 goal by 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

Friends and classmates of Amaya’s shared their memories of him on the fundraiser.

“Alan truly impacted my life in a positive way,” Anibella Gonzales wrote. “He helped me with more than just tutoring in my math classes. He truly believed in me every time I went to take a quiz or an exam when sometimes, I didn’t even believe in myself. Words cannot begin to describe how much of an impact he made in my life as a role model. His positivity and light will truly be missed.”

He was described as kind, helpful, selfless and smart.

“The family who raised this incredible human being deserves everything,” Emerald Walsh wrote. “Alan actually gave me hope for my faith and showed me what being a Christian truly looked like.”

The GoFundMe can be found here: gofundme.com/fondos-para-ayudar-a-la-fam-amaya

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