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Family and friends remember drowning victim

Jakobus Beamer's family remembers him after he drowned in Canyon Lake


CANYON LAKE, Texas – There wasn't much Jakobus Beamer, 15, couldn't do.

As a freshman he became a starter for the Randolph High School varsity football team.

"Jackobus was a great young man. He had potentials on various levels as far as sports, athletics he enjoyed playing sports like basketball and football. Football was his favorite.," Beamer's cousin Randal Dailey said.

Beamer was known for his sense of humor and million dollar smile.

"He was a very caring and giving person. very approachable, he was loved by his family and friends, very outspoken also," Dailey said.

Friday, Beamer and his friends were swimming in Jacob's Creek Park on the north shore of Canyon Lake around 5 p.m.

"He swam from of course the shoreline to the dock, from one end of the lake to the dock and between that point that's where the drowning happened," Dailey said.

Witnesses reported seeing Beamer having trouble while in the swimming area about 25 yards from shore. They say he went under the water and never came back up.

Michelle Thomas, a family friend, rushed to the scene when she heard the news.

"The scene was painful. It was a lot of anxiety. It was a lot of hope. The hope that he would still be alive. That maybe he was further down the lake somewhere and he was going to walk up the street and we were going to see him," Thomas said.

Divers from the San Marcos Area Recovery Team found Beamer's body at around 8 p.m.

The dive team said they found Beamer in 14 feet of water.

The local Justice of the Peace responded to the scene and pronounced Beamer dead.