Man drowns at Lake Texoma

GRAYSON COUNTY - A 21-year-old Whitesboro man is dead after he drowned at Lake Texoma Sunday afternoon. Officials said Justin Wade Tatum from Whitesboro was swimming with his friends when he attempted to cross a sandbar. Water from recent rains covered the sandbar, and as he was crossing, he veered from the group and went under water several times.

Officials said Tatum called for help. Several friends jumped in the water to save him, but they could not find him.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Warden, along with the Grayson County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene, and recovered Tatum's body at 7:00 PM.

An autopsy will be performed to find out the exact cause of death.

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  • by shasta Location: Sherman on Jun 14, 2007 at 05:10 PM
    RIP Justin Wade We Miss You.
  • by doesn't matter Location: Whitesboro on Jun 6, 2007 at 07:39 PM
    Justin was a great guy
  • by Chelsea Location: Denton on Jun 6, 2007 at 07:23 PM
    I remember tatum coming over and hanging out with my brother when I was little, and watching their basketball games. It's sad to lose another young soul from Whitesboro but may he live on in our hearts. My condolences to the family.
  • by melissa Location: whitesboro on Jun 6, 2007 at 02:35 PM
    this is a tragic lose. justin was such a good guy w/ a awesome heart. he was the guy in school that everyone loved, the class of 04 has lost a great friend. i wish that i could have seen him one last time, i can not believe that he is gone. i am left w/ many good memories and will miss him greatly. we love you justin and may you walk w/ a good friend above!!!
  • by Whitney Location: Sherman on Jun 4, 2007 at 10:25 PM
    I grew up with Justin. He was a couple months older than me. I remember when we were 6 we played house together. Justin will live forever in my heart! I wish that I could have told him goodbye. Mrs.Vaughn I'm so sorry. Be strong it will be ok in the end. We will see him again. Me and my mother Dianna will be there for ya'll. We love you guys. Stay strong!
  • by Amanda Location: Paris on Jun 4, 2007 at 12:13 PM
    Justin was an incredible guy with a heart of gold, Even as a child he was such a loving kid. This is extremely heart wrenching. Such a loss of life. But we know that He is in Heaven and will see Him again. Our prayers are with Jana and the whole family.
  • by Jena Location: Whitesboro on Jun 4, 2007 at 11:20 AM
    I went to school with justin and my parents knew his grandparents... Im so sorry to hear about this, I know it hurts and I will keep all of the family in my prayers!!! UR GOING TO BE MISSED JUSTIN WE LOVE YOU CLASS OF 04!!
  • by Debbie Location: Whitesboro on Jun 4, 2007 at 10:29 AM
    What a sad and tragic loss. My son went to school with Justin. It really hits close to home. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.
  • by Debbie on Jun 4, 2007 at 10:27 AM
    It's really a sad and tragic son went to school with Justin. It really hits close to home. My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.
  • by Michelle Location: Pottsboro on Jun 4, 2007 at 08:30 AM
    My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
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