Community mourns teen's drowning death


by SHELTON GREEN / KVUE News and photojournalist MATT OLSEN

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Posted on May 23, 2013 at 10:34 PM

Updated Thursday, May 23 at 11:15 PM

MARBLE FALLS, Texas – Members of the resort community of Marble Falls and nearby Kingsland are mourning the loss of an 18-year-old who drowned in Inks Lake Thursday morning. 

Johnny Mosley was with members of his church group on a picnic when he tried swimming 100 yards to the Inks Lake State Park store. 

Witnesses saw him getting into trouble and tried to help him, but one friend who was holding on to Mosley’s hand told KVUE News that the water was too deep. 

“They got caught in a current. He (Mosley’s friend) was trying to save him but they kept getting swept under and his mom was in a paddle boat. And she tried to paddle towards him to save him but the current got him,” said Monique Breaux, a friend and fellow church member who says she’s known Mosley since he was two. 

“We're devastated, like absolutely devastated because I feel like Johnny was one of my nephews, one of my brothers,” Breux said.

Mosley and his family were members of the tight-knit Smoking for Jesus Ministry, Christians who say they’re on fire for the Lord. 

The group was ousted from New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina and have lived on 56 acres in Kingsland, Texas for seven years. 

“It's just sad. This is a resort community with Inks Lake and right now they’re the only constant level lakes around so they get a lot more traffic now than they used to,” said Kurtis Singleton, a Marble Falls resident. 

Mosley was a recent graduate of Burnet High School who was a freshman at Tyler Junior College. 

With this tragedy happening so close to Memorial Day weekend, family and friends hope their loss will prevent others. 

“The lesson you can learn is make sure you can swim, make sure there are lifeguards available. If you're not comfortable in an open body of water, stay close to the shore. Make sure there are life jackets. Make sure someone knows CPR,” Breaux said.

The Llano County Sheriff’s Department is investigating.