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Merrimack River tragedy: Five years later

December 14, 2007

Survivor bravely goes on with his life never forgetting little Christopher


Ivan and Harold get along, save the occasional tiff over clothing, Jacqueline said. Jacqueline is a native of the Dominican Republic, and her sons were born in the United States.

Christopher is buried next to Victor Baez and Mackendy Constant — two of the boys who died in the drowning. Jacqueline visits Christopher’s grave a few times a week, usually with Victor’s mother, Thelma Gomez. Ivan tags along on occasion.

“Sometimes when it’s his (Christopher’s) birthday, Ivan comes,” Jacqueline said.

Harold visits about once a year, she said.

Ivan has kept in touch with the other two boys who survived the river. He has remained especially close to Francis.

“They are like brothers,” Jacqueline said.

Ivan sees Jaycob less frequently.

“I see Jaycob, like sometimes I play basketball with him,” he said.

If he had one day left with Christopher, Ivan would pick up where they left off — having fun with video games, basketball or some other sport.

In a quiet tone, he says the two would “probably play something.”

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