Family and friends gathered on the Carter Riverside High School soccer field to remember varsity soccer player and senior Malik Cisse.
He was celebrating with his team after a banquet Saturday night when the boys were jumping off a cliff. They say Cisse couldn't swim but jumped anyway. He drowned in the Trinity River near Gateway park.
Cisse came with his mom from Togo in west Africa. He was excelling, making good grades and was the top scorer on the varsity soccer team. Sadly it was those teammates who saw him struggling in the water that day and were unable to help.
"He went in and then came back out. He struggled. And the guys who tried to help him that's why they couldn't get ahold of him," said teammate Bucumi Juma.
Cisse was passionate about soccer and his friends said he was good enough to become a professional.
Counselors have been available to students and staff at Carter Riverside High School.
The Fort Worth Fire Department said underwater search and rescue teams found Cisse in 25 feet of water. They say he'd been there for about 40 minutes.
FOX4 learned Cisse hoped to go to Texas Wesleyan on a soccer scholarship. Now his family members are making burial arrangements.
They want to send his body back to Togo where his father still lives.
In the last couple if days his teammates have raised $4,000 to help with that cost.
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