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Funds collected for family of Powdersville teen after drowning

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ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

An Upstate family and community is mourning the loss of a teen who drowned in Lake Hartwell on Saturday afternoon.

The Anderson County Coroner's Office said the body of 17-year-old Marco Cramer, of Easley, was recovered from the waters near Darwin Wright Park on Anderson Beach Boulevard.

Authorities told FOX Carolina they received a 911 call around 2:30 p.m. It was more than an hour before the teen's body was recovered from the lake.

Witnesses on scene reported the teen was with a group when the incident happened in an area of the lake that is off-limits to swimming.

The coroner's office said Cramer was a student at Powdersville High School. Anderson School District One officials said Cramer was in the 10th grade and counselors would be on hand Monday for students and staff coping with the loss.

"One of Marco's greatest attributes was his genuine kindness to those around him," said Powdersville High principal Dr. Chris Ferguson. "He made a point to visit his teachers and talk with them every day. He always had a friendly smile and greeting for those who would pass him in the hallway. He worked diligently in the classroom and was on pace to graduate at the end of next year. Marco made Powdersville High School a better, happier place. He will be greatly missed."

Several teachers said they have fond memories of Cramer's kindness, hard work and artwork.

"I taught Marco U.S. History and from day one he was one of the best," said Brandy Rollins, US History teacher. "I remember the first day of class calling role, as soon as I said the name Marco someone yelled Polo. It became our thing and "Marco Polo" stuck all year. He was always drawing and designing new works of art. I remember one in particular he was drawing for his mom. It was remarkable. Marco was such a wonderful artist. I will greatly miss his smiling face everyday, as he came by to say hello whether I taught him that day or not. I will never forget my smiling, positive Marco Polo. He has left a great impact on me."

Students and faculty are collecting donations to help Cramer's family with funeral expenses. People wanting to donate can call the school's office at 312-5641. Friends of Cramer's family have set up an online fund to help with funeral costs.

Deputy Coroner Josh Shore said an autopsy is set to be performed Monday. Shore said even though preliminary indications indicate a drowning, autopsies are required for anyone who dies under the age of 18.

Emergency crews on scene said this was the first drowning of the season in the area.

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