The family of Lubbockite 39-year-old Robert Zuniga is mourning his loss after he drowned in a playa lake off North University around 6:20p.m. Sunday evening.
It was during a family picnic that Zuniga went into the playa lake at Buddy Holly Park on North University. Family members say not 15-minutes after the picnic started, Zuniga was under the water. Lubbock Police and the fire department's dive team used sonar technology to find Zuniga in the dark playa lake water. Police say Zuniga was under the water for about 20 minutes before he was found by the dive teams.
"According to the victim's wife and witnesses on the scene began to struggle and may have gotten tangled up with something underneath the water and he went down," said Lt. Jon Caspell with Lubbock Police.
Family members told police they jumped in to save Zuniga but they couldn't find him. Police do not believe Zuniga was intoxicated and they don't believe any crimes were committed, saying this was most likely a fatal accident.
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