Young Drowning Victims Identified

Two teenagers who drowned in Woodford County over the weekend have been identified.

Investigators found the bodies of 17-year-olds Rafael Mercena and Javier Garcia in the Kentucky River on Sunday night.

Police in Woodford County responded to a distress call at around 2:00 P.M. in the Lock 6 area.

Family and friends of the teens say the two boys and two other friends were fishing when Javier Garcia decided to take a dip in the river. They say the current took him under and Rafael jumped in to try to save him.

"We weren't there 45 minutes and then I don't know what happened", said Donna Foster, one of the friends with the boys fishing.

Donna Foster says the two boys were inseparable, working two jobs together to send money back home to Mexico. Family and friends say the two boys were not only best of friends, but almost like brothers.

"Very nice boys", says Ricardo Abila, a family member of Javier Garcia.

"They were together when they found them, so I guess that's good", said Donna Foster.

The coroner says this incident has been ruled a double drowning.

Visitation for the two teens is being held from 6-8 p.m. at Blackburn and Ward Funeral Home in Versailles.

The family is hoping to raise enough money to the two boys back to Mexico to be buried.


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  • by RS Location: Lexington on Jul 9, 2008 at 10:48 PM
    To the racists: It's so easy to make yourself feel better by making yourself seem bigger (to yourself) by saying all these racists things. It just shows your lack of education and self-esteem when you criticize others for something so petty. And then 9 times out of 10 you claim to be Christians. You're pathetic.
  • by anaonymous Location: Versailles on Jul 9, 2008 at 10:02 AM
    I do agree with Laura as well. There are signs/warning of the potential dangers of disobeying the LAW.......People have to be held accountable for their own actions! In this case what a price to pay for not obeying the many dangerous warnings posted of the dangers of swimming and trespassing. While this is a tragedy, more enforcement needs to be applied for breaking these laws! This applies to ALL!!! You go Laura, I'm sure by living there close by.......you probably see more people breaking the law and how frustrating to call police and people get a small slap on the back!!! HOW SAD!
  • by tabatha Location: frankfort on Jul 9, 2008 at 08:34 AM
    I personally think most of you all are COLD HEARTED- - yea they might not have from here but they are humans too, get a life. there are lots of other things you all could be worried about other than sitting on this website bashing the family and the lost of these 2 men.... thats my opinion.. so like it or not i think yall are cold hearted and i will have thier family n my prayers.
  • by People who care.. Location: It dont matter the race GOD Loves u anyway... on Jul 8, 2008 at 05:04 PM
    we are friends of the boys. And we feel sorry for them and their families. it is a tragedy for us here AND for their families in Mexico. It doesn't matter if they were right or wrong, mexican or American, God loves them anyway(for all u smart people that dont have a heart and make cruel statements because of their race) My son and husband are mexican and i am american, we were all created by God, we are all equal we just have different color skin. God bless you Rafael and Javier we will miss you and you will always be in our thoughts.
  • by me Location: somewhere in ky on Jul 8, 2008 at 02:31 PM
    people dont own rivers and streams. the boys sound like they were just fishing and having a good time. accidents happen i would not try to keep anyone from fishing and swimming ,i said nobody owns the river. i feel for the familys of these boys
  • by send em back home Location: nun ya on Jul 8, 2008 at 11:32 AM
    well i think all mexicans should be transported back dead or alive just send em back
  • by serah Location: lexington on Jul 8, 2008 at 10:13 AM
    I feel sorry for the family of the boys. People MUST be taught to obey ALL our laws. Not some and not others. There are consequences for those who choose not to. All parents, the lesson is yours to teach from an early age. NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • by ray Location: lex on Jul 8, 2008 at 09:42 AM
    A loss of 2 young lives is tragic; however, we cannot fault the sheriff or the police for what these boys did. We could fault the "open generosity" of those that allow illegal aliens into our country. Who knows? If they had stayed in Mexico, would they be alive today? Would they, liberals and bleeding heart? I will not help pay to ship their bodies back to Mexico; however, if there are 2 more boys, still alive and in this country illegal, I'll be glad to help pay their way back to their country of origin!
  • by Why?? Location: KY on Jul 8, 2008 at 09:36 AM
    Why were these preventable deaths allowed to happen. Corruption has failed the community in both regards - deaths of the youths and obvious allowance of the Latin King gang presence. Why are we allowing this to happen to our state and communities????
  • by Anonymous on Jul 8, 2008 at 05:47 AM
    There is no longer personal accountability in this world. It's always somebody else's fault, last I heard, people have free will and make their own choices.
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