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Mother: 2 brothers drowned swimming in Hobart

TatianSmith holds photos her sons Terri8 Donel 9 who drowned pond near their home Saturday. | TeresAuch Schultz/for post-tribune

Tatiana Smith holds photos of her sons, Terrion, 8, and Donel, 9, who drowned in a pond near their home Saturday. | Teresa Auch Schultz/for the post-tribune

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Updated: July 17, 2014 11:18AM



GARY — When Dorel and Terrion Smith’s friends asked the two boys if they could come out to play Saturday night, their mother said yes, as long as they were back in 30 minutes.

But only their sister returned at that time, with the tragic news that the two boys had drowned, their mother, Tatiana Smith, said.

Unable to find the two at first, she eventually was led to a nearby field at 4040 Missouri St. in Hobart where a pond had formed.

“My kids were already gone,” she said.

Terrion, 8, and Donel, 9, both of the 3900 block of Louisiana Street, had been taken to St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart. The Lake County coroner’s office said the boys were both pronounced dead around 9 p.m. Saturday.

Detective 1st Sgt. Jeremy Ogden said the Hobart Police Department received the 911 call around 7 p.m. Officers arrived shortly after the call and pulled them out of the water.

Tatiana Smith’s brother, who is 10, was with Donel and Terrion at the time and tried to pull them out, she said.

“He’s taking it very hard,” she said.

Her two sons loved all sports but loved basketball best, she said. They were close to each other and their uncle, who they thought of as their own brother, she said.

“They were just loving kids,” she said.

The family is struggling to find a way to pay for the funeral, so no plans have been made, Smith said.

No more information was on the drownings was available Sunday evening from Hobart police.

Stacie Brooks lives nearby and remembers playing there as a child. She was shaken by the news Saturday night.

“This breaks my heart,” she said.

Contributing: Post-Tribune correspondent Michelle L. Quinn



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