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March 23rd, 2009
Sewell Park drowning victim identified as Texas State student


A man who drowned Friday afternoon in the San Marcos River has been identified as Tam Minh Tran, a 24-year-old student at Texas State University.

Witnesses said Tran was swimming in the river at Sewell Park on the Texas State campus when he disappeared from sight. Minutes later, an on-looker saw him on the bottom of the river in water approximately 10 to 12 feet deep. He entered the river and pulled Tran from the water, but efforts to revive Tran were unsuccessful.

Tran was transported by EMS to Central Texas Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 4 p.m.

Tran was a junior at Texas State and was majoring in mathematics with a minor in computer science. He was a resident of the Comanche Hills Apartments. He enrolled at Texas State in the Fall 2008 semester after transferring from Galveston College. He was a graduate of Ball High School in Galveston.


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5 thoughts on “Sewell Park drowning victim identified as Texas State student

  1. I saw a solemn looking Asian couple staring into the river when I drove by Sunday. Something told me it was the parents. Still don’t know if it is. But what a loss — God bless you

  2. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon to hear that a person who was a good swimmer suddenly disappeared under the water and was drowned.
    If these people were not on drugs or alcohol – I wonder why these drownings happen. So sad for their families and friends.

  3. Charlie,

    If you wonder why this kind of drowning happens, you should sit around the river 24/7 maybe you can save someone life.

  4. Charlie,
    Please let the dead live in peace. Making this kind of statement is very hurtful for him and his family.

  5. I agree with Lilly im always at the river…God bless your family… Live on not only for you but for him as well. He will always be somewhere waiting for you… Im so sorry for your lost…

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