BOSTON (CBS) — Massachusetts State Police have released the identity of the Boston teenager who drowned in Hyde Park Thursday afternoon. Jason Peri Bonilla, 19, went under the water after he began struggling while trying to swim across Turtle Pond with several friends, police said.
Investigators said his friends tried but failed to keep him above water as he began to struggle while halfway across the pond. First responders rushed to the scene but it took three hours to locate his body.READ MORE: Gov. Baker Encourages Healthy Skin Care After Recent 'Routine' Dermatology Procedures
“Investigation indicates that Bonilla may have used marijuana prior to swimming, and that he was a good swimmer,” police said in a statement.READ MORE: 'The War Has Changed,' CDC Document Warns COVID Delta Variant Just As Contagious As Chickenpox
Police said Bonilla was living in Roxbury with relatives and his immediate family lives in Honduras.
On Friday afternoon, State Police, health and environmental officials will hold a press conference to discuss water safety in Massachusetts.MORE NEWS: Are Masks Back In Massachusetts? Officials Weigh A Mandate Following CDC Guidance