WAUKEGAN, IL. (THECOUNT) — Matthew Garcia, who vanished Jan. 18, after jumping into Waukegan Harbor to help a struggling friend in the water, has been identified as the body pulled from the water last week.

The body found of Garcia, 16, was pulled from Waukegan Harbor last week and has now been officially identified as a teenager from Grayslake, Illinois.


The friend survived, but Garcia was swept away by the current. Waukegan’s fire chief called him a hero, reports WGNTV.

Garcia’s mother set up a GoFundMe to start a scholarship in his name.

Already, the fund has raised more than $17,000 at last check.

Geo quick facts: Grayslake is a village in Lake County in the U.S. state of Illinois. It is located in the Chicago metropolitan area, about 40 miles north of Chicago’s downtown, 14 miles west of Lake Michigan, and 15 miles south of the Wisconsin border. The village’s population at the 2010 census was 20,957 – Wikipedia.