|Birth: ||Feb. 19, 1982, USA|
|Death: ||Nov. 12, 1999|
The Daily Oklahoman
Two Teens Drown in City Lake
Oklahoma City police recovered the bodies
of two youths who apparently drowned
early Saturday while attempting to swim
across a neck of Lake Stanley Draper in
southeast Oklahoma City.
The boys were with four other companions,
police Lt Brian Jennings said.
The victims were identified as Anthony
Lam and Robert Lloyd, both 17.
Their bodies were found before noon
Saturday, following a search that began
just after midnight when the accident
was reported to police.
They were found in the water some
distance from each other, Jennings said.
Jennings said members of the group
called police after swimming the 200
yard width of the lake. They returned
to their vehicle and discovered that
Lam and Lloyd did not return, Jennings
Jennings said both youths appeared to
The Daily Oklahoman
Friends Drown While Playing War Games
Anthony Lam wanted to be like his father and
serve his country in the military. His father,
Kiet Lam, was a captain in the South Vietnamese
Army. He escaped Saigon in 1975.
Anthony and his best friend, Robert Lloyd III,
both U.S. Grant High School students, planned
to join the Marines after graduating next spring.
Both wanted to train in San Diego and Anthony had
already enlisted, said their school instructor
and former Marine, retired Maj. Dennis Weber.
Both were also known as student leaders at Grant
in south Oklahoma City.
Today, students and teachers will arrive for
classes without the 17-year-old seniors. Both
drowned trying to swim across an inlet at Lake
Stanley Draper late Friday.
Anthony was wearing fatigues and camouflage
makeup on his face when his body was recovered
from the lake Saturday, said his sister Kim Lam,
27. The boys often practiced war-game tactics.
"I taught my son the importance of fighting for
freedom," Kiet Lam said Sunday. Kiet Lam met
his wife, Danh Pham, at a refugee camp in
Thailand. The couple made it to Oklahoma City
in 1981. "He wanted to be a Marine," Kiet Lam said.
Anthony was the executive officer and Robert was
the battalion commander of the Grant Junior ROTC
unit. Both held the title of captain. Both were
popular and well respected, Weber said.
Extra counselors may be at the school today for
grieving students, school district spokeswoman,
Cynthia Reid said.
Police said the boys were with four friends when
all six decided to try and swim across a 200-yard
cove on Draper Lake in southeast Oklahoma City.
"They weren't the best of swimmers," Nina Davis,
Robert's mother, said Sunday.
Davis said the group of boys was hiking at the
lake when the saw headlights across an inlet
near where they had parked their pickups. The
boys decided to swim the inlet, which is on the
far northwest corner of the lake near SE 89,
because it was the quickest route to the pickups,
she said. Davis recalled how her only son
taught Anthony how to ride a motorcycle during
their four year friendship.
One JROTC member who was with them during the
fatal swim, Jared Hunter, 18, said the group
went hiking Friday evening and decided to swim
the lake about 11 p.m. "We just all liked to
hike," said Hunter, a JROTC sergeant major. No
one in the group was drinking or partying. "All
we had out there were canteens full of water."
Hunter said he was the first to make it across
"I heard one of the boys say to Tony (Anthony),
"Tony if you can't make it turn back to shore!"
Hunter said. He didn't see or hear anything
from Robert during the swim, Hunter said. The
boys said they were too cold to get back into
the 54-degree water to search for the missing
pair. The air temperature was 55.
"When I got out of the water, I had hypothermia
setting in," hunter said. When they got out,
they went to the nearest fire station to get
help. "I think this is a major tragedy. We all
made a bad choice and it has cost us two of our
friends. Everyone of us made a bad choice,"
The friends thought the boys had made it across
and were somewhere in the woods. Police and
other rescuers began a seaarch early Saturday.
"We were looking in the woods and in the water
before their bodies were found. Their friends
thought they might have made it to their cars
at first," police spokesman Lt Brian Jennings
said. The boys' bodies were found between 10
a.m. and 11 a.m. Saturday by a firefighter dive
Robert's funeral will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday at
the Baggerly Funeral Home South Chapel, at
5708 S. Western Ave.
Anthony will be cremated today, and a service
will be at 1:30 p.m. at Resthaven Funeral
Home, at 500 SW 104.
Anthony LAM FAG-#61554708
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