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Family of teenager who drowned in Cass Lake shares their grief

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Posted at 10:24 PM, Jul 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-10 10:57:58-04

The family of a 15-year-old who drowned in Cass Lake is speaking out tonight. 

Mohammad Wutwut went missing Saturday afternoon while swimming with friends. His family received the heartbreaking news that divers found his body, after searching for several hours.

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His family says he was a "stand out athlete" and an "all around good kid." 

"The kids are supposed to bury their parents. The parents are not supposed to bury the kids," said Abe Wutwut, the victim's cousin. 

“And to have him taken away in a heartbeat… it’s not easy… not easy on anyone," Wutwut said. 

For nearly five hours, the Oakland County Sheriff's Department and Waterford Police searched near an area where Mohammad Wutwut went missing. 

Abe Wutwut learned the heartbreaking news about his cousin early Sunday morning.

“They told me. First, I waited about an hour. I didn’t want anyone seeing him in the condition he was in," Wutwut said. 

The Wutwut family tells 7 Action News they're receiving a lot of support from the community. The Islamic House of Wisdom is offering a free funeral service. 

A GoFundMe Page has been set up in the family's honor.