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Arkansas Tech student drowns in Pope Co.
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Arkansas Tech student drowns in Pope Co.

POPE COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - A 21-year-old Arkansas Tech University student reportedly drowned in the Long Pool Recreational Area on Sunday.

The Pope County Sheriff's Office responded to a call around 3:38 p.m. on Sunday, July 19 of a possible drowning in the Long Pool Recreational Area. When deputies arrived at the scene, the victim, Zemaric Holt, was out of the water and was being prepared for transfer to St. Mary's Hospital. He was later pronounced dead by the Pope County Coroner, Danny White.

Arkansas Technical University President Dr. Robin E. Bowen made this statement regarding the tragic news:

"Arkansas Tech extends its deepest condolences to the family of Zemaric Holt, his teammates and his friends," said Dr. Bowen. "Please know that counselors are available in the Arkansas Tech Health and Wellness Center at Dean Hall for students, faculty and staff who need those services during this difficult time."

Counselors from the Arkansas Tech Health and Wellness Center reported to campus on Sunday night to provide support for students, and they will continue to be available beginning on Monday.

Holt, a defensive lineman from Quincy, Fla., had been a student and member of the football program at Arkansas Tech since 2012. He was scheduled to play his 2015 junior season with the Wonder Boys.

"Our hearts are broken," said Raymond Monica, Arkansas Tech head football coach. "Zemaric was loved by his teammates and his coaches. He was a role model for our younger players. Our thoughts are with his mother, the remainder of his family and his many friends."

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