Virginia Tech Student Drowns

July 4, 2014

The Blacksburg community is in mourning after the death of a Virginia Tech wrestler.

Darren Hankins drowned while swimming in a water-filled rock quarry in Montgomery County on Wednesday.

The owner doesn't live on the property, but says he had put up fencing and "No Trespassing" signs to keep students away.

Some students say, they've been to that location, and haven't felt unsafe.

Some Blacksburg residents say they know about it, but leave it alone.

"Yeah, of course it's dangerous,” says Emanuel Alexander, a resident of Blacksburg. “Common sense tells you it's dangerous, you're jumping off a cliff into water. It's definitely not the safest thing to do."

The university and athletic department released statements saying this was a tragedy, and that Hankins was a great young man and their hearts and prayers go out to his family.

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