Family, Friends Remember Teen Drowning Victim

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by Allison Brown, Fox 8 Reporter

JACKSON TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- Hockey teammates and coaches remember one of their own, after a tragic weekend drowning.

Alex Campbell, 15, died early Saturday morning after his fishing boat capsized in a Jackson Township private lake.

Sunday night was the first game of the season for the Wooster High School Oilers club team. 

Before the game at the Alice Noble Ice Arena, there were 44 seconds of silence in honor of number 44.

"He was a nice guy, he played, practice with us for a little bit, and he seemed like he was ready to play, he was excited about playing," said Kyle Peters, who remembers practicing and having fun with Campbell.

"He always gave his heart and soul on the ice, and you know he wanted to compete hard and wanted to win," said Mike Reynolds, Assistant Coach of the Oilers.

"He was one of my three centers and he was just awesome, just always played hard, very passionate," said Reynolds.

"He seemed like he was prepared to come out and play, he was excited about playing, and it just more or less takes me by surprise that he's gone," said Peters.

Authorities tell Fox 8 the teen drowned while with two other teens in Jackson Township around 2:00 a.m. Saturday.

The Stark County Coroner's Office has released that there is some evidence alcohol may have been involved, and routine toxicology tests will be performed.

"I feel like I've lost a son is the only way I can really talk about it," said Reynolds."I made a Tweet yesterday saying we are going to come out and win this game for him, so I feel as though it's important for us to do," said Peters.

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