SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield Police have confirmed the identity of the body pulled from Watershops Pond Monday.
Police identified the victim as 17-year-old Luis Gomez; the same teen they spent two days searching for after he jumped into Watershops Pond Saturday night and never resurfaced.
Dozens of candles spell out “Luis” on a dock at Watershops Pond in Springfield.
Gomez’s body was pulled from the pond Monday, on the second day of the search for him. Friends of the teen have left messages on t-shirts and placed candles on a dock near where he jumped into the water Saturday night.
Not far from the dock, there is a tire swing hanging off the train trestle. Kids in the area say it’s a popular spot to come cool off in the summer months.
“I just thought it was crazy, because of how close it was to my house and where everybody is always over here fishing and hangs out, plays basketball. He always played basketball at the court right there with all of us,” said Tamyka Bozeman, a classmate of Luis Gomez.
Luis Gomez jumped from the trestle behind the Springfield College campus; a leap that’s become a “wake-up call” for many of his teenage classmates.
A neighbor said that trestle is also a hangout. “Somewhere to hang out back in the days when the water was clearer. Around the middle, it gets deep,” said Omari of Springfield.
It’s important to note that there is no designated swimming area in this section of the pond, but it is still somewhere kids have come to swim and hang out before.