Los Angeles River pictured during calm weather. Site is not the area where the two bodies were found. Photo by John Schreiber.
Los Angeles River pictured during calm weather. Site is not the area where the two bodies were found. Photo by John Schreiber.

Grief counselors were on hand Monday at Sotomayor Learning Academies, where students returned to class following the weekend deaths of two classmates whose bodies were recovered from the Los Angeles River near Cypress Park.

The coroner’s office identified the boys as Carlos Jovel, 16, and Gustavo Ramirez, 15. Autopsies were pending.

The teenagers went missing Friday, prompting a search of the area of Division Street and San Fernando Road. The two teens were in a group of four people who went to the river after school. One fell into the water and another is believed to have jumped in after him, witnesses said.

At about 12:40 p.m. Sunday, firefighters and police responded to the river in the 1900 block of San Fernando Road, and police announced at 8:20 p.m. that divers had recovered two bodies.

Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Michelle King said district officials are “deeply saddened by the drowning of two students” from Sotomayor, 2050 N. San Fernando Road.

“On behalf of the district, I express my deepest condolences to the boys’ families and friends and to the Sotomayor Learning Academies community,” King said. “District crisis counselors and school counselors are available at the campus to provide support to students and staff affected by this tragedy.”

—City News Service

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