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Arizona high school football player, 15, found dead in lake, officials say

A 15-year-old boy who starred for his high school football team outside Phoenix was found dead in a lake where he vanished, authorities said Tuesday.

Christopher Hampton’s body was recovered from Show Low Lake less than 24 hours after deputies responded to search for him, according to the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office. He played football at Cesar Chavez High School.

All three Navajo County search and rescue groups were called on for the search that ended in the tragic news, officials said.


The Phoenix Union High School District said it will offer “emotional support for students, staff and families impacted.”

Football in grass

Christopher Hampton was 15 when police found him. (Fox News)

“We wish to express our sympathy to his family and friends that are grieving this loss. This tragedy impacts all communities that we serve …” the district said. “Christopher was a friend, athlete and kind young man that will be deeply missed by all those who knew him.”

The district said Hampton and the rest of the football team traveled to the lake Monday while attending an athletic camp.

Cesar Chavez begins its season Aug. 25.

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