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10/22/03

Drowning at Lake Alan Henry

"He was Mike, sometimes Mikey," said Ramos family friend Janet McElroy. The shock and sadness at the Ramos household was softened by memories of neighbors. "You could meet Mike, and in five minutes you loved him," said McElroy.

The suddenness of his death, that he was taken at the age of 55, both undercut in that he was doing what he enjoyed the most. "He loved to fish," she said. Approximately 8:15 Tuesday night, Ramos and a few of his friends were returning from a fishing trip. The tragedy occurred not on the open water, but in the seemingly safe confines of the docks.

Somewhere in the process, Ramos fell overboard. It's uncertain if he hit his head, but he wasn't wearing a life vest and quickly fell to the bottom. His friend jumped in after him, but was unable to find him. And hour and a half later, the Garza county divers located his body. "Mr. Ramos' body was taken to UMC and I believe an autopsy has been requested," said LPD Captain Thomas Esparza.

A welder, a father, a grandfather, tonight his widow is being consoled by her closest friend. "Tell her I love her. Tell her it's ok to feel the things she's feeling, you know, that we all feel it, but then we've got all the good memories too," said McElroy.

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