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Youth group outing turns tragic

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By John Barnhart

The swimming beach at Smith Mountain Lake State Park recorded its first drowning in its 19-year history, Thursday.

According to Officer A. R. Davis, a ranger at the park, the youth group of Sycamore Baptist Church, of Gretna, was having an outing at the beach when Marvin Strickland Jr., a 12-year-old, was reported missing, at 2:45. The youth group's director was told that Strickland had been missing for 15 minutes and another child reported that he had been last seen in the swim area.


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