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Union High School community mourns death of JV basketball coach

Steven Lucas Jr. was 29-years-old
Credit: Grand Rapids Public School / GR Union Boys BBall / Twitter
Steven Lucas Jr., 29, Union High School JV Basketball coach.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Union High School community is mourning the loss of the junior varsity basketball coach. 

Grand Rapids Public Schools confirmed Steven Lucas Jr. was the 29-year-old who died after being pulled from an Ottawa County Lake earlier this week. 

Lucas, who lived in Kentwood, was trying to get a football that drifted about 25 yards into the water at 8th Avenue Community Park in Georgetown Township, according to police.  

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While swimming out to the ball, witnesses said he struggled and went under. Lucas was pulled out by bystanders. They tried to revive him before emergency responders arrived. 

When crews did arrive they tried to resuscitate Lucas as well, but were not successful. He died Monday.

The Union basketball team shared Lucas' photo to Twitter the message "Rest Well Coach Lucas."

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