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Area teen drowns in Opelika


A LaFayette teen has died following a tragic drowning that occurred Sunday afternoon in Opelika.

Jalan Hambrick, 18, died after drowning in the swimming pool at a hotel where he was staying in Opelika. Hambrick was a 2013 graduate of LaFayette High School.

Opelika Police reported that the incident occurred at approximately 5:15 pm CST at the Travelodge at 1002 Columbus Parkway in Opelika.

“For an unknown reason, the male began having trouble and subsequently drowned,” Capt. Shane Healey of the Opelika Police Department stated in a press release.

“He was removed from the pool by emergency personnel and life-saving measures were immediately begun at the hotel. He was subsequently transported to East Alabama Medical Center where he received further treatment. All life-saving measures were unsuccessful and the male was pronounced dead at 5:58 pm by the presiding doctor.”

According to witnesses at the scene, no foul play appeared to have caused the drowning, Healey said.

The victim’s body has been turned over to the coroner to be transported to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences for an autopsy.