Community mourns recent Worcester high school graduate who drowned in Webster Lake

WORCESTER, MASS. (WHDH) - A devastated community gathered in Worcester Sunday evening, sharing hugs and tears as they remembered 18-year-old Christensen Agnant.

The Worcester teen died Saturday night after going under the water at Webster Lake, according to Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early’s Office.

Agnant’s sister, Jamima Agnant, said her brother was incredibly bright, driven, and kind.

“He was nice to everybody and he was the only person I could talk to,” she said.

Police officers responding to a reported drowning about 7:30 p.m. Saturday met several people who were trying to find Agnant after he went under the water near the Lakeside boat ramp. Authorities say Agnant and several other teens had been attending a nearby high school graduation party and had gone to Lakeside Beach.

Agnant’s friend, Francis Deranamie, said the 18-year-old got into a swimming competition with another friend but couldn’t make it back to shore.

Deranamie said he dove into the water in an effort to save his friend.

After Agnant’s friends and an off-duty police officer dove into the water to help the search, his body was recovered by fire officials who responded to the scene.

He was rushed to Harrington Hospital, where he later died.

The teen’s family held visiting hours Sunday for close friends and other family members. They expressed their gratitude to the community for showing their support.

Agnant was a recent graduate of South High Community School in Worcester.

Schools officials said grief counselors will be available to students and teachers at the high school Monday.

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