ITHACA, N.Y. -- A prospective Ivy League student from the Bronx drowned while swimming in upstate New York over the weekend, CBS New York reports
Incoming Cornell University freshman Winston Samuel Perez-Ventura drowned while swimming in Fall Creek in Ithaca on Saturday, according to the school's Vice President for Student and Campus Life Ryan Lombardi.
Photos of Perez-Ventura that his family and friends will forever treasure show him beaming with pride. One recent photo shows him with his baby brother, while another shows him looking elated in his Cornell University sweatshirt.
Perez-Ventura is the focus of a video from Democracy Prep Harlem High, which captured his overjoyed reaction when learning he was accepted to Cornell. The first of many congratulatory hugs was between Perez-Ventura and his mother. She brought him to the Bronx from the Dominican Republic when he was 9 years old.
Now, she is in Ithaca to retrieve her son's body.
Officers were dispatched just after 2:30 p.m. Saturday to the falls following reports that a person had entered the gorge waters to swim but had not surfaced.
Crews from the Ithaca Police Department, Cornell University Police Department, Ithaca Fire Department, and the New York State Dive Team searched the nearby gorges and waterways that filter into the falls for several hours.
The state dive team discovered Perez-Ventura's body in Ithaca Falls Gorge around 7:20 p.m., according to police.