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West Ottawa High Senior Remembered as Drowning Death is Investigated


HOLLAND, MI (WHTC) - Vigils were held at Holland State Park and at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church yesterday for Jose Moreno, a 17-year-old senior from West Ottawa High School who died on Wednesday evening. He was apparently trying to cool off when he and a friend dived into the waters off of the North Pier near the park. Moreno was unable to reach two life rings thrown in after he began floundering. Authorities say that there is no evidence of any “cold water challenge,” a nationwide viral trend, and believe that his death was accidental in nature.

Moreno will be commemorated during West Ottawa’s graduation ceremonies next week. Visitation is next Tuesday, May 27, from 4 to 7 PM, at Lakeshore Memorial Services, with burial at North Holland Cemetery following the funeral at St. Francis de Sales on Wednesday, May 28, at 11 AM.