WNMU freshman Cruz dies in apparent drowning

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SILVER CITY, N.M. — Western New Mexico University officials say freshman wide receiver Eddie Cruz has died in an apparent drowning.

Grant County Sheriff’s officials say a New Mexico State Police dive team was called out to Bill Evans Lake north of Silver City around 3 p.m. MT Monday after calls about a possible drowning.

Divers recovered a man’s body about four-plus hours later.

Sheriff’s officials say the incident remains under investigation.

The school announced Cruz’s death Tuesday. Western New Mexico President Joseph Shepard said in a statement that the university is devastated by the loss of “a phenomenal kid.”

Cruz graduated in June from Eastwood High School in El Paso, Texas.

The Mustangs are scheduled to open their season Saturday night in Arizona against Ottawa University.



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