Hundreds attend candlelight vigil for boys who drowned in Brockton lake

BROCKTON, Mass. (WLNE)- The City of Brockton is mourning the loss of two cousins who drowned in a lake over the weekend.

The two boys, 13-year-old Rafael Andrade and 12-year-old Tiago Depina, were skipping stones and stepping into the water near a steep drop off when they fell into Waldo Lake at D.W. Field.

On Monday, family, friends, and city officials gathered for a vigil to honor the two boys.

“Look at how we come out and support each other when we need it and that’s what counts,” Mira Nunes, aunt of the victims said to the crowd of hundreds who came out to the vigil.

Witnesses said it seemed as though one of the boys fell into the water before the other jumped in to try to save him.

Family members told ABC6 neither boy knew how to swim.

One witness who spoke at the vigil, said he tried to rescue the boys. “I spent one hour in the cold water going everywhere looking, but I couldn’t find them, because it was too dark and they probably could’ve been 10 feet away from me and I couldn’t find them and I tried my best,” said Valdo Ceneteio.

Ceneteio said he is dealing with the pain of their deaths, along with the hundreds of others who came out to the vigil in their memory.

“To the family, I’m sorry. There hasn’t been one day and every day goes by, I haven’t been sleeping, I’m traumatized.”

To donate to the family of Andrade and Depina, click here.

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