GLENDALE, Ariz. – A high school basketball player drowned in an apartment complex pool Monday morning while swimming with friends.
The teen has been identified as 16-year-old Quentin Hoffman. His friends say he was a standout point guard on the Deer Valley High School team, and his coach called him the toughest player in the school basketball program.
This incident happened before dawn Monday at the San Lagos at Arrowhead Highlands apartments at 59th Avenue and Behrend Drive, which is south of the Loop 101 Agua Fria Freeway in Glendale.
Quentin and two friends apparently decided to take a break from playing video games at about 4:30 a.m. They went to the pool to go for a swim, according to Gilbert Mancilla of the Glendale Fire Department.
Quentin's friends say they found him at the bottom pool and tried to save him. But the teen was non-responsive and not breathing when paramedics rushed him to a local hospital.
“The two other individuals, they were distracted for about 15 minutes, is what they indicated,” Mancilla says. “When they turned around looking for him, they noticed he was at the bottom of the pool.”
The friends pulled Quentin out of the water, called 911 and started CPR with the help of the 911 operator. They were doing compressions when emergency crews arrived.
Paramedics took over and continued life-saving efforts all the way to the hospital, where doctors pronounced the teen dead.
Apartment complex resident Michelle Zilker tells 3TV she heard some commotion near the pool during the complex's designated "quiet hours."
"I did have the thought to just go walk over there and make sure everything was okay," she says. "But in hindsight, I don't know if it would have changed things, but maybe they would have left."
Investigators say this should serve as a reminder to all parents how important it is to monitor your children's behavior constantly.
"Children should never watch children around pools," says Mancilla. "An adult should always be mindful of everything that's going on in their pool."
The incident remains under investigation. An autopsy will reveal whether drugs or alcohol might have been involved.
The Deer Valley Unified School District has released this statement: It is with our deepest sadness that we inform our community about the tragic drowning loss of Quentin Hoffman, a Deer Valley High School student. He was an engaged member of his school community and was loved by the Deer Valley High School family. The following resources are available to our students or parents in need of support.
Quentin Hoffman Memorial Fund
Account # 6629999191
Terros 24- Hour Crisis Line (602) 222-9444
Teen Lifeline (602) 248-8336
Empact Counseling (480) 784-1514