Parents remember son after tragedy; Teen drowned after trying to save friends at Keystone Lake

TULSA - A mother and father are sharing memories of their son a day after his death.

18-year-old Brendan Earl drowned at Keystone Lake Thursday while trying to save two friends.

The family told 2News about his life and the final days before his death.

"He was just a good boy," Brendan Earl's dad Tarell Earl said. 

Brendan's mother Odessa Earl added, "Everybody loved him."

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Troopers say four young people were swimming at Keystone Lake when three people went under and only two came out.

An 18-year-old girl was pulled from the water and given CPR by a camper in the area.

She and another friend were transported to the hospital.

Troopers found the body of Brendan Earl west of the shoreline around 8 p.m. on Thursday.

"Just to know he died trying to help eases my mind," Tarell Earl said.

Brendan's parents say they are not surprised by his actions. They say he always sought to help others in times of need.

But the family say it's hard to let him go.

"Just trying to come to terms with it. It's just not real...I don't know what tomorrow holds without him," Odessa said.

Brendan's parents say he wanted to design video games and he had an interest in computers.

His birthday would have been tomorrow. He would have turned 19.

Brendan graduated from Tulsa Central High School in May and was planning to attend Tulsa Tech in the fall.

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