By Gary Lloyd
Some area student-athletes are reacting to the news that a Hewitt-Trussville junior drowned in the Cahaba River early Thursday evening.
Brock Bowman, 17, drowned in the Cahaba River. He was listed on the Hewitt-Trussville varsity football roster as a junior offensive lineman who wore No. 70.
“Now is the time to come together and pray,” read a post on the Hewitt-Trussville Huskies Football Facebook page.
Hewitt-Trussville junior kicker T.J. McGettigan posted this on Twitter: “Just ate with him this morning too.. Loved and forever missed. #Teammate.”
Hewitt-Trussville sophomore defensive end Bailey McElwain posted this message on Twitter: “I can’t believe today at lunch would be the last time I ever saw you. I love you so much, brother. Your family is will be uplifted in prayer”
Clay-Chalkville baseball player Wesley Meier played little league baseball with Bowman. He said he and Bowman used to always go to Bowman’s house after practice to play on his PlayStation. He remembers joking around at baseball practices with Bowman, listening to his funny songs at Coldstone and his sense of humor.
Pinson Valley’s Sam Hancock, an offensive lineman, played little league baseball for two or three years with Bowman in Trussville.
“He was just an all around great guy,” Hancock said. “Always making everyone laugh and was a great athlete. Definitely going to be missed by many.”
Clay-Chalkville High School Principal Michael Lee posted this message on Twitter: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the @HewittAthletics family tonight.”
There were several Twitter posts from people who said they didn’t know Bowman, but could tell he had an impact on many people.
“All those memories of little league baseball with him.. Fly high bro,” Hancock said on Twitter.
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