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Family, friends place cross near lake where teenager drowned

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Friends gather at Lake Hartwell to honor 17-year-old Marco Cramer. (June 6, 2014/ FOX Carolina) Friends gather at Lake Hartwell to honor 17-year-old Marco Cramer. (June 6, 2014/ FOX Carolina)
ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The idea to spend the day on Lake Hartwell in Anderson County on Saturday, May 31 sounded like a day of fun for a group of friends.

"They wanted to have fun," Angie Jones said.

So the group went swimming in the lake at the Darwin Wright Park, but one of them drowned.

"When I started hearing 'he won't come up! He won't come up!' It hit me, this is real," Shelley Welborn said.

Welborn and her friends called for help when 17-year-old Marco Cramer went under and never came back up. A dive team found his body an hour later.

"Marco is still here you know, and it makes me feel like when I'm here, he's here with me," Cramer's friend Welborn said.

Austin Lowry said he and Cramer were very close.

"He was probably one of the best friends anybody could ask for," Lowry said.

On Friday, Cramer's friends and their parents gathered near the area where he drowned. They prayed, cried and placed a crossed near the lake with "Marco" written on it.

"Just to know that this is where he was," Jones said. Her son and Cramer were also good friends. "We just don't want anyone to swim here."

Desiree Hutchins is Cramer's girlfriend's mother.

"He has many, many friends. This has touched many, many, many people," Hutchins said.

She said swimming in the area isn't a good idea.

"It is dangerous and they don't know what they're going to get into," Hutchins said.

Cramer's friends who where at the lake when he drowned said there was a sign that read "restricted swimming, no lifeguard." Now, they say the sign has been replaced with a new "no swimming" sign.

The group says they want people to remember Cramer and how wonderful he was.

"He is so missed, always will be in our hearts," Welborn said.

Cramer's friends say those who live in the Powdersville community raised money to help with funeral expenses.

A viewing will be held Saturday, at Living Sanctuary Church, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. A funeral service will start at 3 p.m. The church is located at 201 Piedmont Road in Piedmont, SC.

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