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Girlfriend recounts final words with boyfriend before he drowned
HOUSTON - by KHOU 11 News and www.khou.com
A memorial will be held Saturday for the young man who was swept downstream and died while swimming in the San Jacinto River with his girlfriend last week.
Jared Brimhall, 18, drowned just days before his high school graduation. His body was found in the river on Sunday.
His girlfriend, Katherine Warman, was the last person to speak with him, even snapping the last photo of him alive.
"I loved that boy more than anything," says Warman.
Warman hopes her story can warn people of the dangers of swimming in hazardous conditions.
The pair had decided to go swimming in the river, which was higher and faster than usual due to heavy rains across Southeast Texas.
"In a split second, one wrong decision can change everything. No one really knows how strong water really is."
The fast-moving river, filled with debris, quickly overwhelmed the couple.
"I kept yelling at him to swim, and he said 'I can't move my legs, I can't breath' and so that is my biggest question: what happened in those split seconds?"
"I finally got a hold of something, but he just kept moving and kept moving, and I couldn't hold him. He held my leg and said 'I love you, it's okay' and then he was just gone."
It's the last she saw him, as he let go and was swept down the river.
Warman believes he was trying to protect her by letting go.
"He took care of his family, took care of his friends."