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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has identified a teen who drowned while swimming yesterday. Investigators say Raquan Green, 15, of Ash died after a swimming accident in the Longwood area.

Emergency crews responded to the call around 5 p.m. Sunday.

After a more than two hour search, divers found the teen’s body in a pond near Hughes-Smith Road and Longwood Road.

Green was pronounced dead at the scene.

West Brunswick High School, where Green was about to start his sophomore year, is offering grief counseling for classmates.

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  • anne

    I don’t know the family, but our prayers go out to them and to their friends. I can’t imagine the pain this family is feeling right now.

  • Abby

    Okay people we have all heard of being street smart? So what about being water smart? My sympathy goes to the family for the lose of their loved on.

    Why swim in an area that is unfamiliar, not alot of others swim in. People need to realize no water is safe, between rip currents etc anything can happen to anyone. Experience or non experienced swimmer you will not win.

    If you don’t know how to swim at all you are plain STUPID for going in the water the first place.

    People and their families need to start being water smart safety first. Two weeks ago teen drowned in CB at Snows cut inlet you never swim in that area.

    Don’t go blaming the county or state for no posting signs but it’s all about being water smart. You don’t see signs in street saying be cautious, dont take to strangers etc.

    It’s all about being smart and having common sense. Come one people get with the program.

  • robinmoody

    In reference to your smart comment…I knew him, he was my sons friend. He was a friend to many of the children around here. They are 15. I sat with my son while he cried himself to sleep last night. I have one question for YOU..WERE YOU EVER A KID? How dare you, this was a child. Do us all a favor and don’t say anything, you obviously are a sick human being with no heart at all.

  • Guest2020

    Aren’t you being a bit premature in your judgment? Do you know the body of water where he was swimming? Do you know the circumstances that caused him to drown?

    There are times when people do everything right and the outcome is still unfavorable.

  • Angie

    I know the family, and they are not blaming anyone!! It was an accident, and a very sad one at that. Why even bring stuff up like this at this time? There are so many greiving right now. From what I know…he did know how to swim.

  • B M

    where in the world did this comment come from, been on the bottle a little early eh??

  • Tammy

    Really Abby ?!!?!? Really ?!!??! STUPID??? Why post if your going to put down a child like that . I say you are STUPID !!!
    Prayers going out to his family and friends ….. Sorry about self centered people on here !!!!

  • Mr. Davids

    I’m from the area and i know from many personal experiences; my best friend accidentally giving himself a concussion on a rock that the whole county seemed to know about but us etc, i have many more, that’s not the point.. my point is that his parents aren’t stupid for not instilling water smarts upon him, and he’s not stupid for trying even though he may not have been a strong swimmer.. Maybe thats not what you meant to say but it took me a few times reading it and deleting my very wordy and angry responses to get what your saying.. it sure seems like your words are an amazingly ignorant and insensitive response to something tragic for this family. It sounds like your calling them AND him stupid. And i can’t say what should be done as i do not know but i will say that a i’ve seen a lot of bad things happen because there was no sign to warn my friends of something dangerous… I’m just saying. Your coming off as an ass here, i’m just being honest. Sorry. But not really. What your saying is pretty offensive. Im not a strong swimmer, i don’t technically “know how” but im not stupid for trying.. And neither was he….

  • Ms. R

    Ms. Abby, why don’t you just pour a little more salt into the wound, okay!! Even though i did not know this young man nor his family, it makes me want to slap you right in your mouth. You are a cold hearted person and I hope “Carma” doesn’t bite you in the ASS. “SAD BUT LIFE LESSON” there are people like you still breathing air.

  • tweety11

    Abby sometime slience is golden.You could have kept that comment to yourself.

  • Sully

    How could you? This family has enough to go though with out you saying such stupid Sh**. You really need to keep to your self if you have nothing good or kind to say. That is the most heartless thing I have seen in a while. And I have seen alot of heartless thing but this tops them all. You owe the Green family an apology!

    To the Green Family: I am very sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you.

  • all41

    Why are some people such Idiots. Thank God this world still have people who are not so COLD HEARTED.Okay ABBY since you want to be such a “SMART ASS”. I know we all heard if you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say nothing at ALL. Maybe you should take that into consideration next time before opening your pie hole. Show some respect for a family who just lost a loved one. Get a life and maybe you will understand what it is to lose a life. My sympathy goes out to this family during this tough time. May God bless you all.

  • Guest4309

    If you don’t know the story, you don’t what happened or how it happened don’t talk about it and who said that Raquan could not swim? No one. And who said they were blaming the county for not having signs posted? No one. And you say not a lot of people swim where he was found, well your wrong and just plain STUPID for commenting. So keep the comments to yourself from now on for future references. I hope his family does not see all the ignorant things you had to say. Its really sad in a time like this, what such assholes people and can and i can almost bet If it was your father, mother, brother, sister, daughter, son or anyone that you truly cared about you wouldn’t have so many ugly things to say would you? and you wouldn’t want someone to say what you’ve said about your family would you? I wouldn’t think so. May God be with you, cause from looks of it, you need him !

  • Guest55

    He was 15 and just trying to have fun! They weren’t doing drugs, drinking, or anything else illegal. Kwanie was a good friend of mine and he could swim well enough to spend a couple of hours in an 8ft deep pool at my friends birthday party. A lot of people go swimming in that pond. What you said was very inconsiderate and I hope nobody else sees it. You don’t know any of the details and for your information there are no rip currents in a pond! Also kwanie was a very smart kid and had a lot of common sense, which you obviously don’t. Anybody with common sense wouldn’t say the things you said.

  • i dont like you abby

    I went to school with Raquan. We used to call eachother all the time. We were good friends.

    YOU are not.

    This is a place where people can say that they are praying for his family. His parents would probably like to know that some of Kwanie’s friends are thinking about him.

    We dont care about street smarts- go lecture someone about drunk driving or something. By the way, take a grammar lesson instead of calling other people stupid.

  • madGuest

    dude are you serious right now? you have no place to come on here placing judgement. You was not there, you don’t know what happened and the way your talking I certainly hope you didn’t know him. This was very disrespectful to him and his family. I don’t know how you meant this but the way it was interpreted by myself and others, it was rude and ignorant. Don’t you dare say something else about this. As i said before, you weren’t there you don’t know what happend. Kwanie was an amazing person and was a very smart boy and his family is great as well. Don’t come around here saying stuff you clearly know nothing about.

    R.I.P Kwanieeee, we love you!

  • well you need to shutup you stupid person Talkin bout peopple are you water smart girl who is you trying to say something about sombody you need to check yo self before you wreck yourself

  • tweety12

    i want too meat you because you sounding like me.we could to be have fun

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  • tweety12

    why would you too say mine posts is racists?i not did say anything wrong.you are just want too be mean.maybe you need not too post here since you attack me

  • Guest2020

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  • Sam’s Mom

    My son played ball with Raquan. Mr.Green and the rest of the family, my prayers are with you durning this time.

  • M.M

    I went to school with Raquan Green. We always called him Kwanie. He was a very sweet boy. He always gave me hugs at school. We went to school together for 5 years. And he was very smart, good at baseball, and had a wonderful personality. I will miss him so much! There will never be another sweet boy like Raquan. And what happened i know was a accident. He will be missed but never forgotten. I love you Raquan “Kwanie” Green!!

  • Give it a rest people. Maybe Abby is just anticipating what people seem to be doing these days, which is SUE SUE SUE and not take personal responsibility. Maybe she cares more than you think and really wishes parents would be more careful with their children.

  • tweety11

    Sue,sue,sue you are talking about a family just lost a son you think money is the answer or the solution.You and anne must be friends cut from the same cloth.

  • That is the sort of response I would expect from someone who cannot even remember Abby’s name.

  • tweety11

    Had you read the original comment you would know what i was talking about6858………..

  • Stefanie

    I know Raquan, i graduated with his brother, we’re good friends and i know his parents, my dad and Raquans dad coached my brother and Raquan together on the same baseball team, to see him go so soon is heart-breaking. Its no time for any negativity, just prayer, faith and strength to get through this. <3

    RIP Sweet Boy Kwanie, You will be truly missed by everyone in this community. All the lives you’ve brightened, all the smiles you created and all the hearts you touched in such a short time is something very special for someone so young, you will never be forgotten, rest easy sweet boy Kwanie.

  • Sumner Russ

    Raqun Javon Green. He was one of my BEST friends and always will be. He was always there for me and absolutley one of the best friends you could ask for. I love him and I always will. We were very, VERY close and he’ll always be in my heart. I knew him since second grade and became best friends with him in eigth. Kwanie was an AMAZING person and now he’s one of God’s little angels watching over us. I love you Kwanie:)POTATOES, BUTTERFLIES, AND DEER!! aha( It’s an insider):D

  • Guest J

    You are all in my prayers. I miss Kwanie – i never got to say goodbye. I will keep you and your son in my prayers. I knew your son pretty well in 8th grade. We were good friends. Don’t listen to what anyone else says about your son (abby)they obviously didnt understand the love of a family or friend. <3


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