Linden teen drowns after being thrown into river by friend

Linden teen drowns after being thrown into river by friend

A teenager in Linden remained in custody on Wednesday afternoon as a search continued in the Demerara River for the body of 14-year-old Omar Mitchell, who was reportedly pushed into the river by the other teen who is in custody.

The incident took place just after 5 o’ clock on Tuesday afternoon. According to reports, Mitchell and a group of friends were hanging out at the river side on the Wismar shore when one of his friends suddenly pushed him overboard after two previous attempts.

The other friends who were nearby had warned the young man from pushing Mitchell into the river because it was well known that he could not swim.

Mitchell who was a student of the Harmony Secondary School, was the second of five children for his mother, Onika Mitchell. In a brief telephone interview with News Source, the distraught woman said she is still in a state of disbelief and would like justice in the matter. She said her son could not swim and she is at a loss as to why the other boy would push him into the river after being told by other friends that Omar could not swim.

Police investigators and residents of the nearby Silvertown area carried out  several searches in the river late Tuesday afternoon and into the evening. They resumed their efforts to locate his body on Wednesday.

Filed: 24th September 2014  

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