Teen who drowned in Hollywood canal identified



Hollywood police on Monday identified the teenage boy who drowned in a canal while playing with friends Sunday night.

Police say 18-year-old Jhaqcari Thompson was swimming in a canal behind the Oakwood Plaza shopping center on Oakwood Boulevard near the intersection of Interstate 95 and Stirling Road when he started struggling and went under water.

Hollywood Police Department’s Dive Team searched for Thompson for about three hours before they located his body at about 11 p.m.

Police spokesman Pablo Vanegas said swimming is not allowed in any of the city’s canals, but “kids do it all the time.”

“It’s dangerous,” he added. “There is no supervision.”

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