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Swimming accident claims the life of De’Angelo Williams ’12

July 7, 2014 at 2:37 pm

NORTHFIELD, Minn. — The Carleton College community mourns the death of De’Angelo Williams ’12, who tragically drowned in a swimming accident on a western Wisconsin lake on Sunday, July 6.

Williams, 24, was a political science and international relations major. He was also a three-year starter on the Knights football team, accumulating 74 tackles in 28 games to go along with five interceptions.

“De’Angelo had an awesome personality. He was always positive and willing to listen. He had a great attitude and was trying to get better all the time,” said Carleton football coach Bob Pagel.

“He was a likeable kid. Even when you were mad at him, you couldn’t stay mad for very long.

“He was unbelievably popular with his teammates, and after graduation, he was an avid supporter of our program and came to many of our games.

“It was fun to watch him mature, and he overcame a ton. He will be greatly missed, and our thoughts and prayers go out to De’Angelo’s family, as well as his teammates.”

After graduating from DeLaSalle High School in Minneapolis, Williams enrolled at Carleton and was actively involved with the College’s Office of Intercultural & International Life (OIIL) and the TRIO program, which opens the door of opportunity and access to higher education for low-income and first-generation college students.

“De’Angelo was a bright and kind young man,” said Joy Kluttz, director of intercultural and international life. “He had a great sense of self, had a great sense of humor, and was loved by many of his peers.”

Funeral services are set for Saturday, July 19 at 12 p.m., with visitation one hour prior to the service at Washburn-McReavy Swanson Chapel, 1600 Lowry Ave. N., Minneapolis. Repast at DeLaSalle High School at 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 19. Interment will be held at Crystal Lake Cemetery.