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Vigil today in drowning of 2 in Jamaica Bay in New York

A vigil will be held Monday night for one of two teenage boys who drowned in Jamaica Bay off Queens.

NBC New York reports investigators identified the boys as Ryan Wong and Daniel Persaud. The 13 year olds were playing Friday in the water with a group of friends when waves swept them away.

The candlelight vigil for Wong will take place at Jamaica Bay at 7 p.m. Other vigils are planned.

The sisters of Persaud feel helpless to deal with all the emotions sweeping through their heads.

“We don’t know how to deal with everything, we don’t know how to keep going on,” Nareena and Vineeta said to ABC7.

The family rushed to the hospital and held hands as they prayed. Doctors gave them a glimmer of hope after telling them they had a pulse. Neither teen would make it.

The family describes Daniel as shy and happy. He considered Ryan his best friend. Daniel did not know how to swim.

He had apparently decided to skip school. His mother wants to know why she wasn’t notified sooner.

“Because the kids clearly met up at the school and then left. We feel like if the truancy was there, you know, they would have caught them and we would have been aware that they were not in school earlier,” sister Vineeta said to CBS2.

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