LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The family of a Lubbock man who died Friday at Leroy Elmore Park is searching for answers.
Dorina Aguirre says her son's death was sudden and shocking. At first she couldn't believe it when she got a phone call about a possible drowning.
"I'm going to miss him I just can't get over it I'm going to miss Tony."
To friends and family Juan Anthony Rosales was known as Tony. Aguirre describes her son as a loving and caring person who wants to always help others. Witnesses say that is what he was doing on Friday when he got in the water at the park. Those on the scene say he was trying to help a boy recover a remote controlled boat just before 2 p.m.
He began to struggle and call for help. Bystanders, police and EMS did everything they could to save a man Friday afternoon in Leroy Elmore Park.
It is not clear if he made it back on shore himself or if he was pulled out of the water. Paramedics did CPR on the man and took him to University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
Aguirre says he was always good with kids, even when he was a kid himself. "With him being the oldest when they were growing up, he was always helpful. He was like a dad to his brothers. And he was always taking care of them."
The family has set up a fund to help with funeral expenses at First Convenience Bank with branches at Lubbock Wal Mart stores.
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