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Photos: Nigerian Athlete, UMass Student Drowns In Deerfield River Massachusetts, RIP Toni Onikeku

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July 15, 2015 – Pictures: Nigerian Student Athlete Drowns In Deerfield River Massachusetts While Swimming With Friends, RIP Oluwatoni Onikeku

UMass Lowell Student Who Drowned In Deerfield River, Toni Onikeku’s GoFundMe Funeral Donation Hits $5405

A young Nigerian high rope jumper who relocated with his family to the United States about 13 years ago has died.

Oluwatoni Onikeku popularly called Tony, a very active member of the University of Massachusetts, Lowell campus community reportedly drowned accidentally this past Sunday, the 12th of July 2015 while swimming with friends.

According to UMass website, Toni Onikeku was swimming with his friends in the Deerfield River in Deerfield three days ago when he suddenly went missing.

When all efforts to find him proved abortive, his friends called 911. Few hours later, his lifeless body was pulled out from the river.

An Instagram friend of Toni Onikeku said this is not his first time there and that something might have gone wrong with his health on Sunday because he was a very good swimmer.

As at yesterday, an online fundraising for his funeral has hits $5405.

Below is the scene of the incident.

The deceased who died at age 20 was born in Ikeja Lagos and lived in Fitchburg Mass with his family.

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What a fine young man.

May his soul rest in peace (amen).

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  1. Yinka Adufe

    July 15, 2015 at 5:58 PM

    Police should treat this as homicide, I don’t believe it is accidental drowning

  2. olamiposi

    July 15, 2015 at 8:18 PM

    Nigerians living in Massachusetts, boston, lowell etc should be extremely careful cos lots of nigerians(blacks) are killed in this area! In 2013, 3 nigerians(men) are killed under 1year! We are not just noticing this…lots of homicide killing in Massachusetts.

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