The body of a Wylie High School senior student was recovered early June 23 after he reportedly jumped off a railroad trestle at Lake Lavon with several other young men and did not surface.
Wylie Fire-Rescue water rescue personnel found the body of Ibrahim Malik, 17, about 12:45 a.m. June 23.
“Pirate family; we have once again been hit with a tragic loss. Ibrahim Malik lost his life last night at Lake Lavon,” WHS Principal Virdie Montgomery said in a Facebook post. “His loss hits our campus hard.”
WHS was opened at 6:30 p.m. Thursday for students and parents to gather and pay tribute, or seek counsel, in the wake of the tragedy.
Montgomery reports that the 17-year-old had two brothers, one of them a student at WHS.
“This young man was new to us, moving here in October with his family,” Montgomery said. “He made friends and everyone liked him. He was learning to be a Pirate.”
Malik was reported missing early Wednesday evening near CR 486 west of Nevada. A group of six teens were jumping off train track trestle over the lake and one of the teens did not surface after making the 30-foot jump, Nevada Volunteer Fire Department Public Information Officer Amy Cortez reported.
Collin County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Chris Havey reported that individuals jump from the trestle with some regularity in summer months.
Emergency personnel were called to the scene at 5:51 p.m. and a Wylie F-R dive team made two dives to locate Malik but called off operations at dark. The victim’s body was later located through the use of side scan sonar.
Havey said that Malik was pronounced dead at the scene by Medical Examiners Officer personnel, but the cause of death is pending.
The 17-year-old would have started his senior year at WHS in the fall.
By Joe Reavis • Staff Writer • [email protected]