Body Found In Deep River Pond -- Cour...

Body Found In Deep River Pond -- Courant.com

There are 58 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Jul 10, 2007, titled Body Found In Deep River Pond -- Courant.com. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

The body of a Stamford man who apparently drowned in a local pond early Tuesday morning has been found, state police said.

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Gen

Storrs Mansfield, CT

#30 Jul 10, 2007
Devin was a great person. He was loved by all here at the UCONN Stamford campus. He had a great sense of humor and he was very intelligent. He was ready to conquer NYU in the fall and as we all knew he would. He'll be missed.
Gen

Storrs Mansfield, CT

#31 Jul 10, 2007
just to make this clear, WE DON'T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO DEVIN WHILE HE WAS SWIMMING. regardless of whether or not they should have of been there, a life was lost. show some respect!!! and "news watcher" STFU cause you didn't know him.
Bill

Willimantic, CT

#32 Jul 10, 2007
Wow, I am speachless! My heart sank when I read this article. I had read about his success at UConn and could not believe this was the same person. Tragic! Our prayers are for his soul, and for his remaining family!
seen a bit

New Haven, CT

#33 Jul 10, 2007
each of us have character defects that can expose us to potential bad decisions, lucky people have others around them to help them avoid the worst case scenarios.
Johnny_Reb

Waterbury, CT

#35 Jul 10, 2007
The Courant should print a water safety article, which they won't. How many drownings have we had this year that made the papers? Death SELLS.

A few pointers -

Before going into the water, be sure that you can swim.

Alcohol, drugs, etc and the water do not mix.

Swimming at night is dangerous, no matter how good you are.

Swimming without a partner or backup is also dangerous.

You can die real quick in the water. How long can you hold your breath?

Exercise common sense and you will probably be fine. Break the rules and you could pay with your life.

Col

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#37 Jul 10, 2007
This was a very terrible accident and you should all know that those who with Devin tried for quite sometime to find him before the authorities arrived to take over. There was no foul play involved just a bunch of young friends out for a cooling late nite swim. Please get over blaming someone and realize that this world has lost a great mind that would have made this earth smile on more day. May prayers go out to Devin's Family and the friends who tried to help him.
Deep River Resident

United States

#38 Jul 10, 2007
I live in Deep River and grew up near this quarry. I am constantly warning the teenagers I see going out there that they should not be trespassing on private property. I do see the police out there often but they cannot be there 24/7. It is so sad to hear of this young man with so much potentail losing his life there. My condolences to his family and friends.
Goose

Mississippi State, MS

#39 Jul 10, 2007
Thanks for the prayer. Devin was a outstanding individual. He had a mom and dad that raised him but his dad died when he was younger.I am him his cousin from Mississippi.My email address is [email protected] please email me if you knew Devin. Thanks.
Nan CT

Orange, CT

#42 Jul 10, 2007
I would like to offer my heartfelt condolences to the family. This is a huge loss of life and talent any way you would choose to look at it. This young man was intelligent, witty, and ambitious. his God given gifts unfortunately will not reach their intended heights because of this tragic incident. I offer prayers of comfort and strength to this family and all of you. Because truth be told this could happen to any one of us or any one in our family. We all need to thank God for our lives and our families and continue to pray for those who are in bereavement. Because that is something all of us if we live longer will go through.
Peace to you all.
Tiffany

Montville, NJ

#43 Jul 10, 2007
I still cannot believe this is real. I went to bed last night having a best friend and I woke up to find out he just not here anymore. Devin touched so many lives in his short time here, my life is forever changed because of him. He is deeply missed already. Things will never be the same without him.
ARiddick

Milford, CT

#44 Jul 10, 2007
May Devin's soul rest in peace. Lord, may you also comfort the family during and after this tragic loss. Uplift their spirits and remind them that Joy cometh from you alone. May they continue to rely on your strength & may they receive the peace that surpasses all understanding. To those who are living, May this be a sign to get your life in order because no one knows the appointed time nor how you may leave this earth. And as a believer in Christ you must know that it is not about what you acquire in life that will get you eternal life but how you lived your life. From what I hear Devin had a beautiful spirit and he was loved by many. A few things we can all take from Devin is perseverance, strong will & determination, a person who loved life and did his best to succeed.
God bless
A Mom

Broad Brook, CT

#45 Jul 10, 2007
This is so sad. The accomplishments this young man made when the odds were against him were amazing. God Bless him and his family.
A Mom

Broad Brook, CT

#46 Jul 10, 2007
This is such a sad story. This young man beat the odds and was briliant. My prayers are with his freinds and family at this time.
We lost a master mind of our future.

AS far as swimming in the quarry, it's been done for years and will be done for years to come. It's a way of releif from the heat. If they had a pool to go into, I"m sure they would have.
Deep River Resident

Levittown, PA

#47 Jul 10, 2007
There is a public swimming facility RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET. Yes, it was hot and they needed somewhere to cool off, but Plattwood Park is far safer and just as wet. While it's a shame that this young man lost his life, you have to wonder what they were thinking.
Squeenter Squillo

United States

#48 Jul 10, 2007
This is very sad, such a promising young man here. At least it sounds like he did a whole lot in the short time he had.
Awally

Westminster, MA

#50 Jul 10, 2007
This is a tragedy, certainly, and one that could have been avoided by following common water safety guidelines well publicized by organizations such as the Red Cross.

This will not be the last tragedy as this private quarry is very close to a neighborhood school. Similar quarry swimming areas dot the Connecticut countryside. They should be filled in to prevent another senseless tragedy.

Another 'tragedy' is the heavy-handed manner in which this web site's editors delete all dissenting views. Comments 1, 3, 5, 12, 19, 23, 24, 28, 29, 36, 40 and 41 have been removed to sanitize this forum. So much for freedom of speech.
High School Parent

South Windsor, CT

#52 Jul 10, 2007
Gloria CT-Expatriate wrote:
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'God' than has a very warped sense of values if 'He' let this amazing young man achieve so much and give so much joy and satisfaction and then ripped him away from that life and that mother who will grieve unabated FOREVER.
Oh yeah:'God bless' him.
God had nothing to do with this.
Reevee

Newington, CT

#55 Jul 10, 2007
What a sad ending to a truly inspirational young man's life. It's hard not to question why this could happen to this particular person when he had such a bright future and other truly heinous people live long into old age...it doesn't make any sense to me at all... My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends that they may find comfort in the wonderful memories they have and draw inspiration to lead their lives as fearlessly and with such conviction.
Ricky

New Haven, CT

#56 Jul 10, 2007
This just takes your breath away. While I never met him, I greatly admired his abilities and accomplishments. His future successes seemed infinite.

I also recall being that age, when we were indestructible and those types of things happened to other people. One thing about super-achievers is that they are usually risk takers, "calculated" risk takers. That's what makes everything tick. I'm sure no one foresaw the potential risk of being in that quarry, much like the lady who was on the Connecticut River and got hit by the runaway speedboat.

This is one very sad example of "life happens".

My sympathies to the familiy and friends. You lost a gem of a person.
Don Freeman

Los Angeles, CA

#58 Jul 10, 2007
There is something about a body of water that we all find pleasurable. Here in California, you will see people by the thousands visiting our beautiful beaches. I will bet that many of the swimmers who have been warned of rip tides, have no idea of how to swim out of one, but will still go in the water. I feel that I have a sound mind and must confess that if I were at the quarry that day, I would have been in the water. I pray for this fine young man.

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