A McKinney North High School student has been identified as the 16-year-old boy who drowned in a golf course pond Tuesday evening while swimming with other teens, a school district official confirmed.
Aaron Hill was “just a nice, respectful, well-mannered” teen who was loved by his peers at the high school, according to Nick DeFelice, the principal of Slaughter Elementary School within the McKinney Independent School District. Hill’s father, Ira Hill, is the P.E. coach at the school and a youth basketball coach in McKinney.
Hill was an incoming sophomore at McKinney North High School and played football, DeFelice said. He had one older brother.
The Medical Examiner’s Office has yet to positively identify Hill.
McKinney firefighters responded around 8 p.m. Tuesday to a report of a possible drowning at The Ranch Golf Course at Stonebridge Country Club, the fire department reported. Firefighters determined several teenagers had been swimming in a golf course pond when one of them began to struggle and went under the water.
Crews searched in the water for the boy and found him dead. No foul play is suspected, according to the fire department, but an investigation is underway.
A GoFundMe created Wednesday had raised more than $11,000 of a $50,000 goal as of the afternoon. The GoFundMe notes the family has faced tragedy in the past, including Ira Hill losing three of his brothers.
DeFelice said the family also lost their mother to cancer a few years ago.
Hill has gone through the McKinney school district, he said, and the family is deeply involved in the community. They’re dedicated to the school district, local sports and the church they attended, he said.
He has spoken to Ira Hill multiple times Wednesday, he said. The family, he said, has been going through an emotionally trying time.
But the community is behind them, he noted.
“It was a tragic accident,” DeFelice said. “They’re cared for and loved by everybody in the community.”