Teen drowns in Glendale: 16-year-old high schooler was racing against friends in pool

GLENDALE, AZ - Investigators call a teenage drowning a "terrible accident" because the victim was a good swimmer, according to family and friends.

16-year-old Quentin Hoffman died after he drowned at his pool Monday morning. Officials with the Glendale Fire Department said Hoffman was swimming with two friends around 4:30 a.m.

Walter Tinsley, who was in the pool with Hoffman, said they were racing to the opposite side of the pool while holding their breath.

"I saw him sinking," said Tinsley. He then carried his friend out of the pool, called 9-1-1 and then started performing CPR. The 16-year-old was transported to a local hospital where he died.

Investigators said foul play is not suspected in the teenager's death.

Tinsley said his friend played on the varsity basketball team at Deer Valley High School.

Friends describe Hoffman as funny, hardworking and full of life. 

Officials are waiting for an autopsy report to figure out the exact cause of the teenager's death.

The family has set up a fund at Wells Fargo under his name, Quentin Hoffman.

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