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Community mourns loss of teen

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FINLEY, Wash--  The small community of Finley is in shock, trying to make sense of a tragic swimming accident that happened Tuesday at Two Rivers Park.

14 year-old David Newton had his whole life in front of him; instead, people are now left asking questions.

"It's definitely shocking," says one local mother of three.  "I'm still trying to figure it out.  I just found out about five minutes ago."

Newton was an eighth grade student at Finley Middle School.  He transferred in from out of state about four months ago.  He wasn't even in class long enough to be in the yearbook. 

"It's tough to deal with, especially a kid, a middle school kid.  You lose a kid like that, it's total shock," explains Michael Harrington, principal of Finley Middle School.

Newton made his short stay in Finley known and teachers recognized his hard work.

"[He was] well liked by his peers as we saw throughout the day here," adds Harrington.  "Well liked by his teachers.  Hardworking.  Just an overall good kid."

It's a community still remembering the loss of another teen.  Just a few months back, a 19-year-old was hit and killed by a train.  And now a day after their loss, there are strong words of warning from David Newton's family.

"We talked with his aunt this morning.  She came in and visited with us.  They just want to get across the dangers--the rivers, the highways, the train tracks we have here," Harrington explains.  "People, students especially, need to be cautious."