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Two Roanoke Rapids teens drown while fishing

Posted July 20, 2011

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— Crews found the bodies of two high schoolers Wednesday morning who drowned while fishing at Roanoke Rapids Lake, according to the Halifax County Sheriff's Office.

Tashun Lagerus Tillery, 17, left with Trevlin Marquez Daniels, 18, to go fishing around 8 a.m. Tuesday, said Tillery's father, Willy. When Tashun Tillery didn't return home as usual, his father called 911 around midnight.

"He wouldn't have been here at this time of night, sir," Willy Tillery said. "He'd never be out later than 9 or 10 (p.m.) He'd be at home."

Another family member spotted the teens' car parked near the Thelma Road bridge over the lake. Willy Tillery drove out to the lake to look for his son.

In a 911 call from the lake, Willy Tillery is heard yelling out his son's name. He then tells the operator, "Ma'am, I need to get someone out here at the lake, please. I believe my son has drowned."

Deputies found a fishing pole, a bucket and the teens' car keys near the bridge, Sheriff Jeff Frazier said. Volunteer rescue and fire department dive teams started searching around 1 a.m. Wednesday and found the teens' bodies about five hours later.

Authorities believe that one of the teens slipped into the lake while standing alongside it, and his friend tried to pull him out but also fell in, Frazier said. Foul play is not suspected.

Relatives said that Daniels and Tashun Tillery often went fishing together but weren't good swimmers. They went to Northwest Halifax High School together.

"They're real close friends. Most of the time, they're together. You see one, you see the other," said Herbert West, Tashun Tillery's uncle. Trevlin Marquez Daniels Friends drown while fishing at Roanoke Rapids Lake

Daniels' relatives said their family is having a difficult time with his death.

"It's real hard on the family, especially his mama because he was the baby out of three," his cousin, Lakisha Daniels, said.

Tashun Tillery left behind a newborn baby and a fiancee, relatives said.

"I saw them every day. They're going to be truly missed," West said.

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  • nanasix Jul 20, 2011

    All of the talk in the news about education. Why aren't all parents required to teach their young children how to swim. This is a simple lesson that could and would have saved the lives of these two young boys. I lost a 9mo old g/son in a near drowning death in a small childs pool with his brother. From then on I was sure each of my g/sons learned to swim at a very early age. Even infants can be taught to swim, and should be taught to swim.

  • warrenhicks1967 Jul 20, 2011

    so sad...may God be with their families, friends, and loved ones.

  • djofraleigh Jul 20, 2011

    That's what true friends would do...stick together. They will do the same in Heaven, I'm sure.

  • wbearp Jul 20, 2011

    A very sad story indeed. Prayers going out to the boys and families.

  • packersfan4life Jul 20, 2011

    I tried to get my 6 year old swimming lessons at the YMCA in Henderson. He is petrified of the water. Unfortunately the "instructor" did more harm than good. He didn't even end up finishing the lessons. Instead of trying to encourage him to get into the water, she just told him that if he wasn't going to participate, he would have to sit out. She was rather annoyed with him being so scared. He isn't a behavior problem at all, but was just very, very scared to do the things that she would ask him to do. (He would actually shake he was so scared.) I am trying to teach him myself. I make sure I am within arms length when I have him in the water with me. Does anyone know of any good swim instructors? This is my fear for him. I don't want him to be able to swim in the Olympics, I just want him to be able to save his life if necessary.

  • The7thSeal Jul 20, 2011

    Looks like "God" needed some more angels in "Heaven".

  • sokersis Jul 20, 2011

    SOME PEOPLE RESPONDING TO THIS ARTICLE ARE REALLY SHOWING THEIR IGNORANCE. YOU CAN ACTUALLY DROWN IN LESS THAN 3 FEET OF WATER. IT DOESN'T MATTER THAT LAND, BOAT, OR THE BOTTOM IS RIGHT UNDER YOU. IT CAN STILL HAPPEN. I KNOW IT IS A GOOD IDEA TO MAKE SURE YOU KNOW HOW TO SWIM BUT EVEN THE BEST SWIMMERS ARE NOT EXEMPT THEY STILL CAN DROWN TOO. BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU SAY ESPECIALLY NOT KNOWING ALL THE FACTS THAT SURROUND THIS TRAGIC ACCIDENT.

  • gingerlynn Jul 20, 2011

    many inner city pools offer free swim lessons. Please parents, make an effort to research classes for your children.

  • FromClayton Jul 20, 2011

    "These boys were out doing something fun & wholesome like fishing and they lost their lives." daisy
    thats how i feel too daisy. they were not out with gangs playing with guns and drugs.. they were just fishing. just fishing. certainly nothing to loose a life over. so terribly sad. i am very sorry for the family and that little baby left behind.

  • concerncitizen Jul 20, 2011

    Everybody when you get your fishing licenses, get a life jacket! When you buy a fish pole, buy a life jacket! When you go to a lake or river ware your like jacket! If you do not have a life jacket do not go to a lake or river....

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