Heavy tree limb kills two Orange County teens at Yosemite National park

Heavy tree limb kills two Orange County teens at Yosemite National park

The two boys, who lost their lives last Friday after a heavy tree branch fell on their tent at a campground in Yosemite National Park, have been identified as teenage friends from Orange County.

Dragon Kim and his friend Justin Lee were camping at Upper Pines Campground in Yosemite Valley when a heavy branch from an oak tree fell on their tent at around 5 a. m. on Friday last week. By the time park rangers arrived at the scene, both teenagers had succumbed to their injuries.

Kim was a high school student, while Lee was an incoming freshman. Both boys attended Pioneer Middle School under Tustin Unified School District (TUSD) and played water polo.

Expressing grief, TUSD spokesperson Mark Eliot said, "It's a tragic loss. Our hearts go out to the families during this difficult time."

Patrick Hajali, a 15-year-old student of Beckman High School, said he played water polo with Lee at the Patriot Aquatics club. He added that Lee was a very positive and friendly teammate who helped him learn drills during practice.

Kim was preparing to return for another year at Santa Ana-based Orange County School of the Arts. Lee was also planning to attend the same high-ranking public charter school in the new school year that is set to start on August 25.

Lee's family could not be contacted for comment, while a member of Kim's family said they were not yet ready to talk about the tragedy.

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