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Independence Lake drowning victim identified

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WHITMORE LAKE, Mich. (WJBK) -

Family members tell us Deshaun Jackson, 23, drowned in Independence Lake Saturday. Jackson's family had gathered at the lake for a barbeque when they say he disappeared. Crews searched for Jackson for about 45 minutes before he was discovered in the swimming area.  He could not be revived and was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Click on the video player to watch Ericka Erickson's report.

"Our family is hurting," said cousin Wendy Harmon. "We're all hurting."

Family members say they were at the beach long enough to unpack, light the grill and change into swimwear when Deshaun disappeared. The young man who has a learning disability was anxious to get into the water. He couldn't swim. Family members say they lost sight of him for a short time. Police, firefighters, park officials and volunteers got involved in the search. The family is comforted by the fact that Deshaun was a happy person and he was doing what he wanted to do.

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