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Posted: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:00 am | Updated: 12:35 pm, Fri Dec 30, 2011.

COZAD - Christopher Estrada, 16, of Lexington, is dead after drowning near a bridge that crosses over the canal on County Road 418 and rural Cozad.

According to the Dawson County Sheriff's Office, Estrada jumped from the Tri-County Canal bridge, had begun swimming, then submerged under the water and never resurfaced.

At approximately 4:16 p.m., the Dawson County Sheriff's Office was notified of a possible drowning and a dive team was also requested on scene.

Estrada's body was located at 9:18 p.m. on May 25, approximately 360 feet east of the canal bridge in ten feet of water.

Estrada was pronounced dead at the scene.

Estrada was a student at Lexington High School and was a member of the Junior Varsity soccer team.

Assisting in the search was the Cozad Police Department, Cozad Fire and Rescue Department, Lexington Fire and Rescue Department and Dive Team, Nebraska State Patrol, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Allmand Brothers of Holdrege, Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District and Victor Diaz.

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  • anonymous posted at 1:05 pm on Mon, May 31, 2010.

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    Chris Estrada you will be miss forever you brought the smile on our face!! Chris you are gone remember you have friends here with the pain in our hearts Chris we love you and I miss you!!!

  • maestro posted at 5:50 am on Fri, May 28, 2010.

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    Chris, your smile brightened my day. I could look forward to joking with you knowing that you would smile and joke back. Your cheerfulness was infectious and made those around you just a little bit happier. I consider it an honor to have known you, you will leave a special mark on my heart. May you find peace, comfort, and plenty of goals in heaven. I will miss you G-boy.

  • anonymous posted at 2:24 am on Fri, May 28, 2010.

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    He is a friend to remember,a friend we love so much.The memory runs through my mindof the last time we touched. He lived a life of happiness,a life filled with love.And from one little mistake he looksdown on us from up above. He was always there to make youlaugh when your day was going wrong.Where was he the day where wehad to say "so long?" Why did it hafta endthis way in so much pain?Since he left this world, things havenever been the same. I can no longer look forward totomorrows anymore,because I know that they will neverbe the way they were before. Not seeing his face,not hearing his voice.I wish there couldhave been some choice. Life can begin and end so fast.The memory of Chris will always last. I wish there was some wayI could have said goodbye.The thought of him runs throughmy head as I look up in the sky. Knowing he is looking down on uswith a smile on his face,remembering the life he lived beforehe left this place. If his life didn't end so quickhe would have gotten far.Only if he had chosennot to go in so far.So as I end this poem I want youto remember this: Live your life to the fullestbecause it could end real fast.Base your life on the future,but keep memories of the pastWe miss you Chris RIP.

  • anonymous posted at 6:45 pm on Thu, May 27, 2010.

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    we will all miss you chris even though your in a better places every one will always remembre you R.I.P chris estrada

  • anonymous posted at 1:59 pm on Thu, May 27, 2010.

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    R.I.P CHRIS ESTRADA....u were the most wonderful person a an awesome friend none wiill every replace u in my heart u will b missed..!!!but ur in a better place now..!!I I LLOVE U CHRIS ESTRADA..!!!!

  • anonymous posted at 10:12 am on Thu, May 27, 2010.

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    R.I.P ...chris =(

  • anonymous posted at 9:43 am on Thu, May 27, 2010.

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    He will be known to almost everyone who knew his as "the kid who could never quit smiling" His smile brightened up sooooo many peoples day! If you didn't know Chris...he was a very rare person...You will now find many people like this now-a-days....A young man knew he could die if he did it...but did that stop chris form jumping trying to save someone else? NO....He would take a bullet for any of his friends because he loved them and didn't want to see them suffer.....He's know watching us from above and not wanting us to suffer but remember the good times.....R.I.P Guaty!!!!!!! I love you!

  • anonymous posted at 7:42 am on Thu, May 27, 2010.

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    We will all miss Chris, We will always remember him, God bless him and his family R.I.P your in a better place!

  • anonymous posted at 6:32 am on Thu, May 27, 2010.

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    bridge jumping is illegal, we were told it was considered a suicidal act and sometimes trespassing when i was growing up i know for a fact that there is a rock formation(i used to stand on it) off of the west side of the cement bridge(how did it get there in a clay canyon) was it there before they rebuilt the bridge? i'm sure this accident won't stop anyone from jumping, but if you do decide to do it, go down and test the water, make sure nothing is down there just below the surface, wear LIFEJACKETS and shoes, and if you are not a good swimmer do not attempt to do this, we do not need anymore accidents, and finally don't do flips or dives!my main reason for commenting was that I just don't want to see walls put up on the bridges or harrassment of those on them because they are the public's only access points to fishing in this lake if you don't have a boatmy heart goes out to the family and i pray that this never happens again

  • anonymous posted at 6:12 am on Thu, May 27, 2010.

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    Chris you had a impact on so many lives now that your gone our hearts are hurting! See you later buddy! RIP

  • anonymous posted at 4:04 am on Thu, May 27, 2010.

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    "Rest in Peace Christopher Estrada, we will always have you in our thoughts. You will never be forgoten.. We love and will miss you"

  • anonymous posted at 2:06 pm on Wed, May 26, 2010.

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    Even tough i knew you a little i hope that you Christian rest in peace and god have him with you... And god give his family the time to overcome their grief.......... R.I.P Christian we will always miss you :(

  • anonymous posted at 8:21 am on Wed, May 26, 2010.

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    Chris you will be missed....

  • anonymous posted at 8:11 am on Wed, May 26, 2010.

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    Rest in Peace Christopher Estrada we will always have you in our thoughts and prayers.

  • anonymous posted at 7:24 am on Wed, May 26, 2010.

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    Our prayers to Estrada family and also to his classmates. He will be deeply missed by many, many people.

  • anonymous posted at 7:11 am on Wed, May 26, 2010.

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    you should never jump of bridges see what happened. I hope kids learned from this horrible thing. Im sorry for the parents of Chris. Rest n Peace Christopher Estrada

  • anonymous posted at 6:10 am on Wed, May 26, 2010.

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    Sad day. My heart goes out to his family. I hope that every kid learns from this, and helps to teach the upcomming generation to STOP jumping off these bridges. Please look out for each other-

  • anonymous posted at 3:58 am on Wed, May 26, 2010.

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    My most sincere apologies to the family. A child that young should never leave us, least of all like that. I hope and pray that peace finds your hearts and that you receive comfort from high above and all around.Mis mas sinceros pesames a la familia. Un niño tan joven nunca deberia irsenos, mucho menos de esa manera. Espero y pido que la paz encuentre sus corazones y que reciban conforte desde arriba y todo alrededor.

  • anonymous posted at 3:43 am on Wed, May 26, 2010.

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    My heart goes out to his family, I pray that you may somehow find peace.God be with you...