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One Teen Dead, Another Critical After Being Pulled from Bronx River

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One teenager is dead and another is in critical condition after being pulled from the Bronx River Friday afternoon. NY1's Polly Kreisman filed the following report.

The distraught mother of 13-year-old Erickson Villa was seen leaving St. Barnabas Hospital Friday evening. 

Neighbors said they're stunned by the boy's death.

"She's a great mother. She always takes care of her kids," said neighbor Adia Breau. "So I just found out that happened, I just came home from work, and I always see them together go out with the father, so I don't really know what happened."

Police say Erickson and his cousin were in the river at Starlight Park Friday afternoon and couldn't get out.

Police and fire crews responded to a call of two missing swimmers and were able to pull the other boy out of the water. Erickson was not found until an hour later.

Both teens were unconscious and taken to the hospital by helicopter. 

"The victim was moved," said one witness. "He was in his boxers, no shorts, so it looked like his intent was to jump in the water. He got pulled out, and you could see the water coming out his nose, and they looked like they were pressuring his chest."

"A lot of kids, they play over there without no parent supervision," said another person at the scene. "They should put more people or lifeguards around."

A sign at the entrance to the two metal piers shows that swimming is prohibited. As summer begins, it's clear that obeying the rules could save a life. 

The second teen, who was the deceased boy's cousin remains at Montefiore Medical Center in critical condition. ClientIP:,, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP