Ex-ASU Student Found Dead in Tempe Town Lake

Yet again, a body has been pulled from Tempe Town Lake.

Gerrick Begay, a 21-year-old Tempe resident and former student at the nearby Arizona State University, was found floating in the lake around 5:30 a.m. yesterday.

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Begay, a Monument Valley High School graduate who took classes at ASU -- although the school directory shows he wasn't recently enrolled in the school -- was found floating between the railroad bridge and the Mill Avenue bridge, according to police.

Tempe police spokeswoman Molly Enright says detectives are investigating Begay's death, but don't believe at this point that his death is suspicious. That means Begay probably either got in on purpose, or fell in on accident.

Begay's the third current or former ASU student to be found dead in the lake in as many years, including freshman Jack Culolias, who was found in November -- and was actually found in the nearby river bed -- and former student Willie Jigba, who was found dead in the lake in early 2011.

Two other people, without immediate ties to ASU, have also been found dead in the lake in the last year.

A City of Tempe employee apparently fell off a boat in the middle of the lake and drowned last month, and an apparently drunk man drowned in the lake while swimming in it late at night in October.

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