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8/5/09

Snyder family to lay twin sons to rest

By Ben Lawson  - bio | email

SNYDER, TX (KCBD) - A Snyder family will lay their twin boys to rest Thursday morning, after they drowned in a Scurry County lake over the weekend. Justin and Ryan Dillard, both 7-years-old, drowned in Lake J.B. Thomas Sunday afternoon.

Authorities tell NewsChannel 11 they were swimming near the shore when their father lost sight of them. Investigators say the father was sitting on the tailgate of a pick-up with a friend when the boys disappeared. A witness told authorities that they were playing loud music, and they thought it would be hard to hear anything over the music.

First responders recovered the boy's bodies about two hours after they were reported missing, 25-feet off the shore, in about six feet of water. Texas Parks and Wildlife District Captain Bill Jones tells us the boys were not strong swimmers and were not wearing life jackets.

"What I hope everybody learns out of this thing is to be mindful of your children's health and life and put a life jacket on. I can't stress that more than anything else.  They maybe complaining, they may think it's hot, may not give them the best tan in the world, but what it does is keep them alive," Jones said. 

The Dillard family will hold funeral services Thursday at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Snyder.

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8/5/09
7-year-old drowning victims to be laid to rest Thursday
Visitation services for 7-year-old twin boys Justin and Ryan Dillard were held Wednesday evening in Snyder. The boys drowned in Lake J.B. Thomas Sunday afternoon.
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