18-year-old Jonathan Ramos was on High Rock in the Jones Point Section, and slipped and fell.
He was pulled under by the strong current just before 8 o’clock.
On Tuesday, those who knew him were visibly somber. “It was shocking because he used to come here and get his hair cut. He was a really good kid. He didn’t deserve to die like that. It was an accident, but, it was weird,” said his barber, Jesus Flora.
Others tweeted their sentiments mere hours after learning of his death. On Monday night, authorities spent hours looking for Ramos after they say he slipped off of high rock and into the Connecticut River.
Friends too shaken to speak on camera remember the former Holyoke High School student as quiet and humble.
Affectionately known as “Wabu”, he could usually be found back flipping around the city.
After Monday’s incident, they’re thinking twice about returning to the popular hang out where they lost Ramos. “It’s dangerous. I wouldn’t go up there. It’s not worth it,” Flora shared.
The Hampden County District Attorney is continuing the investigation of the case.
There will be a memorial held for Ramos next Friday in Heritage Park.
Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse had this to say in a statement:
“The death of Jonathan “Wabu” Ramos has left a lot of people devastated, but none more than his mother. We are asking for donations to help support the family during this time of sorrow. Donations can be brought to the mayor’s office at Holyoke’s City Hall with checks made payable to Maria Carmona.”
Proceeds from sales of “I Am Holyoke t-shirts will also go to his mother or funeral arrangements.